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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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