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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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