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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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