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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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