Day in history for October 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Herman G. Reynolds, a former editor in Rock Island, has been elected county judge at Galesburg. The whole Democratic ticket won in Knox County.

1878 -- 125 years ago
John P. Irish and Clarence Dunham addressed Democratic rallies in Dart's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Foxy Grandpa'' is the play now attracting large audiences to the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Charles R. Wheelan, founder and owner of the Wheelan Funeral Home, died at age 69.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Continuing on a program to provide the most modern facilities to both commercial and private pilots has placed in operation a weather teletype machine which gives up-to-the minute weather reports from all over the nation, including Canada, Culver Keeman, airport manager reported.

1978 -- 25 years ago
It was cold and clear outside East Moline City Hall, but storm clouds were gathering indoors as about 60 angry homeowners confronted members of the city planning commission. Commissioners, deluged by criticism of a planned low- to moderate-income housing project on Archer Drive near 42nd Avenue, denied the rezoning developers need to launch the undertaking. The unanimous decision came after the protestors presented the commission with a petition signed by about 75 homeowners opposing the $2.1 million, federally subsidized project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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