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: 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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