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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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