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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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