Day in history for October 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We were shown a magnificent apple the other day, which weighed 14 oz., and measured 12 1/4 inches in circumference. For beauty of form and delicacy of flavor, we have never seen it's superior. It was raised by Lemuel Andrews, Esq., at his place in Greenbush, just above town.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Lew West, one of a party who started for Colorado in the old-fashioned way, reached home this morning.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The engagement of William H. Haire to Miss Alice Schwerr, of Beardstwon, was announced today. The marriage will take place in November.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Franklin D. Roosevelt today accepted the Democratic nomination for governor of New York.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A special sale marking the 83rd anniversary of McCabe's Department Store, the largest of its kind in Rock Island, will begin Friday. The McCabe store was begun in 1870 as the Plunder store in the days of the mule-drawn street cars and when ``plunder'' meant household goods and personal belongings.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The houses Otto Weinert builds have tiny knobs that unlock the doors of big imaginations. Otto Weinert makes dollhouses. And they're filled with his hand-crafted miniature furniture exact to the smallest detail. The 74-year-old Milan man has been building the houses and furnishings for about two or three years, both as a hobby and a business.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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