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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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