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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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