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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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