Day in history for October 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
More than 300 students now attend the brick school in the first ward under the tutelage of H.B. Smith and two assistants. The school should be subdivided into at least a half-a-dozen schools.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. J.W. VanOsdel preached at the Baptist Church this morning.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Coach Keisel of Rock Island High School announced that he will enter Wisconsin University.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Bruce and Henry Gates, brothers, were wounded when the shotgun of a hunting companion accidently discharged.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island mail carrier, Edward C. Clow, was credited with being instrumental in foiling of a planned breakout by five prisoners at the Rock Island County jail. Clow discovered five hacksaw blades hanging by a string from a third floor jail window. The discovery led to a shakedown of jail cells and prisoners, the foiling of the planned jailbreak and the arrest of two young Davenporters.

1978 -- 25 years ago
When Lawrence Lorensen was running for Moline mayor in the spring of 1977, he didn't think he'd end up with three jobs at Moline city hall, but that's the way it worked out. Besides his mayoral duties, he's also been serving as city administrator and as chief negotiator during current wage talks with workers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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