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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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