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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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