Day in history for October 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Andrews offers his pleasant residence for sale. It is a delightful situation; and at the price he has fixed for it, we should think it would command a ready purchaser. It is said that he intends to erect a fine dwelling in the highlands of Greenbush another season.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Hammered and finished horse nails are being manufactured in Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias of Illinois will hold a four day convention in Rock Island beginning Oct. 20.

1928 -- 75 years ago
O.F. Koch, superintendent of Kewanee schools, was elected president of the Blackhawk division of the Illinois Teachers Association.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The first of eight hourly sessions in the housewives ``slimnastics'' class at the Rock Island YWCA was held Tuesday morning. Attending were: Mesdames E.V. Butters, Walter Erwin, Ed Brady, William Miller, Abe Friedman, Ben Petersen, Lyle Kelsey, Howard Schroeder, Helen Kreis, Abbie Sax, Charles Kirby, Tom Brown, Frank Wich and Bernard Sax.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Thieves took between $30,000 and $35,000 worth of men's clothing from a store in what may be Geneseo's biggest heist ever. Joe Green, owner of the Raquet Men's Shop, described it as ``a pretty professional job. They knew what they were doing.'' Green said about 40 leather coats and some 275 suits and sport coats were taken.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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