Day in history for October 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Ben Harris, clerk of the fast steamboat McKee, will please accept our thanks for St. Louis papers. This boat gets from 50 to 100 passengers from this place on every trip it takes.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Joseph L. Hass will deliver Democratic party speeches in German for German-speaking citizens of Hillsdale and Hampton.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Colonel Frank O. Lowden, Chicago, seeking the Republican nomination for governor, visited Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Louis L. Emmerson, for governor, Ruth Hanna McCormick, for congress, and Oscar E. Carlstrom of Aledo, for attorney general, spoke at Republican rallies in Rock Island, Moline and East Moline.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Dick Sargent, 42, a former Moline resident now living in New York, relaxed over the weekend in the Hampton home of his mother, Mrs. Winifred Sargent, and recaptured a certain nostalgia of his boyhood on the Mississippi river. Sargent, an artist, has painted six covers for the ``Washington Post'' and a number for ``Womans Day.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
``I'm looking over a four-leaf clover...'' that familiar tune could be Bill Kaliebe's theme song, only he never overlooks the lucky charms like the character in the song. The 75-year-old Moliner has an uncanny knack for finding four-leaf clovers, and has collected over 6,000 of them since he began at the age of 10.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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