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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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