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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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