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.

Back: Available days in October 2003



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








(More History)