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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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