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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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