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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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