Day in history for September 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Job for grading of railroad across island taken by F.P. Reynolds and Company. Is sure sign work will be done well and quickly.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Major Beardsley's horse ``Baby'' is fast gaining a reputation as a trotter. At Burlington, the horse was entered with such horses as ``Mountain Quail'' and took second money.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Col. Alexander Mackenzie, assistant to the chief of the United States Engineers, was here visiting old friends.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Cubs take Giants 6-2 to give Cardinals the National League pennant today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The necessity for employing a watchman at Rock Island's city dump and charging a fee for private area space are being given serious consideration, city manager Conny Bodine reported today. There have been numerous fires in the dump, the latest at 8:20 o'clock this morning.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A jogging and biking trail patterned after Davenport's 10-mile course along Duck Creek should be constructed in Moline. The jogging trail with exercise stations was one of only three suggestions made at a public hearing on how the city should spend $800,000 next year in federal Housing and Community Development Act money. The other two suggestions were to help preserve and protect historical records stored at the Rock Island County Historical Society in Moline and provide special parking downtown for the elderly.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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