Day in history for October 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Dark, ill-ventilated cells in the county jail are a disgrace. One man is entitled to pity. His only crime is that he is insane and is confined in one of those dark, loathsome felon cells and has been for more than a year. His friends ought to find some better place to confine him.

1878 -- 125 years ago
John Bengston has purchased the Charles Ritter property in the rear of his drugstore and will replace the frame building with a handsome business block.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Jessie Cherry, one of the four famous sisters, whose last local appearance was at the Watch Tower summer theater three seasons ago, is dead in Hot Springs, Ark.

1928 -- 75 years ago
E.C. Eberhart was reelected commander of the Rock Island American Legion Post.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Plenty of men available, girls. Strictly for dancing, however. About 20 persons showed up for the first social dancing class at Washington Junior High School, which is sponsored by the adult education program. Of the 20, 15 were men. Enrollments are still being accepted, preferably girls.

1978 -- 25 years ago
For 54 years, the city of Geneseo has been watched over by a fish. Perched high atop the city's 150-foot water tower is a sunfish weather vane. In 1904, two years after the construction of the water tower, the firm of Hannan, Kidney, and Ryan Hardware Store And Tin Shop hand-hammered the fish out of sheet metal.

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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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