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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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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