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: 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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