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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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