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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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