Day in history for October 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A judge has decided that all regular crossing pedestrians have the right-of-way and drivers must pull up their horses. Pedestrians need not run, he said.

1878 -- 125 years ago
There will be a Sunday school convention in Reynolds on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for Rural, Bowling, Edgington, Andalusia, Buffalo Prairie and Drury townships.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A trustee deed for $7,500,000 on the Rock Island Improvement Company was filed yesterday.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Radio station WOC, Davenport, is being given assistance in controversy with the federal radio commission by William Butterworth, head of Deere and Co., Moline, and president of the United States Chamber of Commerce.

1953 -- 50 years ago
New York Store, Moline's oldest department store and among the three oldest department stores in the Quad-Cities today will observe the 69th anniversary of its founding in 1884. On the first day of business nearly three-quarters of a century ago, five employees reported for work. Today, the personnel of all departments number more than 200.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Jim Hecker says he's ``just a little old Iowa farm boy.'' To about 28,000 Deere And Co. employees around the nation, however, Hecker is much more than that. The 31-year-old East Moline resident was recently named an international representative in the United Auto Workers Union's agricultural implement department.

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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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