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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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