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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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