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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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