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: 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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