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.

Back: Available days in October 2003

Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

(More History)