Day in history for September 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Argus said picnics should consist of just two people. At large picnics Miss Stubbs is sure to become offended because some Miss Fanny was heard to call the Stubbs bonnet ``an awful fright,'' and Miss Smithers goes into the sulks because that ``brazen hussy'' Miss Dusenberry is so ``lost to shame'' as to wander off alone with her beau.

1878 -- 125 years ago
John J. Parks was elected president of the Rodman Rifles, the Rock Island Guard Company.

1903 -- 100 years ago
George W. McCaskrin, Rock Island attorney, announced himself as an independent candidate for governor of Illinois.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Lawrence Frankel won the caddy golf championship at Black Hawk Hills Country Club.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A thief with an appetite for chicken was being hunted by Moline police. Chicken Delight, 1900 16th St., reported that their place has been burglarized numerous times in the past several weeks and from one to as many as six orders of chicken have been taken on each visit.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The lure of country living and a much-praised school district are expected to draw nearly 4,000 persons into eight Upper Rock Island County housing developments in the next ten years. If those figures prove accurate, enrollment in the Riverdale school district, which contains all eight developments, would swell by more than 1,300 students, doubling present enrollment.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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