Day in history for October 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is proposed in several of our state exchanges to adopt a new name for our capitol. The proposition is a good one and we hope it will be done. Let us have some name that is not so common as Springfield. Two names have been proposed, Illini and Sangamo. We like to see those fine old Indian names preserved, and we vote for Sangamo.

1878 -- 125 years ago
After a year's absence, Spencer H. White has returned from Colorado.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island city council asked for bids for the rebuilding of the south bridge in the series of spans between Rock Island and Milan.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William C. Hopson, veteran air mail pilot who was killed in a crash of his plane, will be buried in Rock Island. He was a brother of Otha Hopson of this city.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Theft of 300 gallons of gasoline, stored in an underground tank, was reported to Davenport police by Richard McDonald, operator of a service station at 1715 W. Kimberly Road.

1978 -- 25 years ago
When he was a small child, Jon Weets' family did its shopping at Wintterlein's meat market on the corner of 17th and Washington in Davenport. Jon remembers standing outside waiting for a free weiner. Now Weets and his partner, Tom Bruchmann, Moline, have transformed that same building into a deli-saloon called The Meat Market, which preserves the atmosphere of that old shop.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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