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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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