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: 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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