Day in history for October 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mercer County failed to vote its portion of the Warsaw And Rock Island railroad bonds.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ladies of the Christian Temperance Union are planning a grand entertainment at which baked pork and beans, brown bread, pumpkin pie and oysters will be served.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island High School defeated Kewanee in football, 42 to 6.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A homecoming meeting is planned for Floyd E. Thompson of Rock Island, Democratic nominee for governor, on the day before election day.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Burglars obtained no loot but smashed a $400 juke box at Frank and Carl's Restaurant in Silvis Saturday night. County investigator Donald Wilson said the prowlers entered the place after apparently unlocking the door with a skeleton key. No money was in the restaurant since the place is being remodeled. The smashing of the juke box also was fruitless since the machine had been emptied of change.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Three Quad-Cities students are a little nervous this week. This week marks the debut of the new phone book for the Quad-Cities and the cover of all 65,000 of the books to be distributed in the area carry pictures by Jean Hayes of Moline, Darrin Thompson of Coal Valley, and Denise Brown of Rock Island. All three winners got $50 and a set of World Book encyclopedias.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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