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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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