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: 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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