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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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