Day in history for October 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Meetings have been called by the promoters of the Warsaw And Rockford railroad at Port Byron, Cordova, Rose Hill, Hampton, Moline and Edgington from Oct. 25 to 29.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Many beautiful memorial gifts add to the attractiveness of the new Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Illinois Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, in convention in Rock Island, voted to establish a home for orphans.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Being awakened early in the morning by barking dogs is bad enough. But to try to find out the cause for their barking and discover yourself looking a strange horse in the face is worse. Jean Gellerstedt, Moline, had that experience. She was aroused by incessant barking of dogs, went out the back door to check on the cause and looked straight in the face of a stray horse.

1978 -- 25 years ago
George N. Peek of Moline, national farm leader, has bolted the Republican Party, delaring his belief that Al Smith, if elected president, would do more to help farmers than had been done.Three brothers from the Quad-Cities, all of whom have been St. Ambrose alumni for 50 years or more, will be among the first inducted into the college's new Emeritus Club during homecoming festivities. Charles Dauw, Rock Island, graduated from St. Ambrose Academy in 1924, Frank in 1925, and James in 1927.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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