Day in history for October 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The list of prizes awarded at the first annual Rock Island County Fair is published today. The fair was held on the courthouse lawn.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Methodist conference returned the Rev. George R. Palmer to serve another year as pastor of the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church, much to the pleasure of Rock Island people.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Walker Whiteside, the famous actor, drew a large audience to the Illinois Theater last night, when he appeared in ``We Are King.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Virginia Lee and Carl L. Wilson are the local winners in a nationwide radio vocal contest.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Approximately a third of the wells at Scott County rural schools are being rated as unsatisfactory, according to reports on water samples being received from the state hygienic laboratory at Iowa City. In cases where the water samples are reported unsatisfactory, the health department will notify the school board with the recommendation that the wells be chlorinated.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island police have received a complaint of littering -- at the city dump. A patrolman was dispatched to the Rock Island landfill concerning garbage being dumped at the entrance. Landfill supervisor Roy McGuire told police the incident happened after the landfill closed for the day and was discovered the next morning.

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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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