Day in history for October 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Contractor John Warner has been disappointed in obtaining timber for the Rock River bridge, which may delay the arrival of the Rock Island railroad at this place.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A branch of Lillibridge's Business College has been opened in the Cargill Building, Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
W.T. Sherman, a public school teacher for 48 years, was killed by a Rock Island Lines train at Natick. He had taught in Rock Island County thirty-three years.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Thomas Murphy of Bowling won the Rock Island County corn husking contest for the third year in a row.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The baton twirling of Janice Greer, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Greer, Rock Island, will be featured on the Promenaders program Saturday on WHBF-TV. Janice is the granddaughter of Mrs. Ida Greer and Mr. and Mrs. George Chandler of Seaton and a former resident of Aledo.

1978 -- 25 years ago
After 73 years without a woman on the board of Moline Public Hospital, Mrs. Mardelle Hayes, Moline, has been appointed by Mayor Lawrence Lorensen, to one of the five positions governing the hospital. The wife of Moline architect Frank Hayes, she is the mother of 10 children and has been active in the affairs of Sacred Heart Catholic School and has served on the board of Moline Public Library.

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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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