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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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