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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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