Day in history for October 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to Dr. W.S. Pierce, a former Rock Islander who is now comptroller of California for a copy of the Democratic State Journal.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A series of regatta races between the Rock Island and Davenport boat clubs is in progress today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
August Ahlberg, 72, was found dying in his room today and he passed away before a physician could reach him. He was known as the man who pumped the pipe organ at Augustana College.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School football team held a stronger Rockford eleven to a scoreless tie.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The first of two 450,000-pound housings, to be used in a new rolling mill at the Davenport works, Aluminum Company of America, near Bettendorf, arrived at the plant. The housing, transported on a specially constructed flat car, is the heaviest load ever moved on one railroad car. The housings will be used to produce tapered aluminum sheet and plate for aircraft.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Neighborhood residents have lost the first round in their legal fight to block conversion of the Villa De Chantal, Rock Island, into an alternative high school. Rock Island County Circuit Judge David DeDoncker dismissed a complaint seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the Villa from being used as a school for dropouts. The Villa, a private Catholic grade school, closed its doors last spring.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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