Day in history for October 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Where is the quarterly report of that wildcat bank? The public wants to know if it has given up entirely or will it try to keep up an appearance of business for a few more weeks.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Methodist conference returned the Rev. George R. Palmer to the pastorate of Fifth Avenue Methodist Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Caroline Rosenfield was united in marriage at 6 o'clock last evening to Ferdinand Levy.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The German airship Graf Zeppelin landed at Lackhurst today after completing a 110-hour trans-Atlantic flight from Friedrichshafen, Germany.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Another major fire, the third this year, occurred in Monmouth this morning as the McCullough Lumber and Coal Co. property was destroyed by a blaze which swept the building at 101 E. 4th Ave. Several carloads of coal and lumber were burned in the spectacular blaze, which could be seen for several miles. Damage may reach $200,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Efforts to beautify downtown Rock Island are being nipped in the bud by hit-and-run blossom bandits. In the past month, about 500 taxpayer-bought chrysanthemums have been purloined from the Great River Plaza. About 2,800 of the red, yellow and orange mums, costing $1 each, not including labor, were planted.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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