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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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