Day in history for October 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Died, at Cambridge on Sept. 30 after a short and distressing illness, the Henry County Gazette, more commonly known as the Oyster Gazette, at age five weeks.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ferdinand Vogel, a young man employed by Fred Hass, incurred a broken arm today when he became entangled in a grindstone belt.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Shamus O'Brien'' was the attraction at the Illinois Theater this afternoon and evening.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Friends of Judge Floyd E. Thompson rallied to his defense after an attack on his official record by State Senator James J. Barbour.

1953 -- 50 years ago
More than two thousand Rock Island County clubwomen are participating in the Women's Crusade for Security, a national effort to increase the sale of United States savings bonds. A call to renewed action in this nationwide project undertaken last spring by the clubwomen of America has been issued from the White House by Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mary Orazen heard Mildred Palmer's voice this week for the first time in 35 years, but swears it sounds the same today as it did when the two worked together as volunteers during World War II. Mrs. Orazen placed an ad in the personals column of The Sunday Dispatch saying she was trying to locate Mrs. Palmer. Mrs. Palmer's daughter spotted the ad and Mrs. Palmer was on the phone to her friend in Pueblo, Colo., the next night.

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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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