Day in history for October 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Joshua Barney is advertising for sealed bids for removal of obstructions in the Rock Island rapids of the Mississippi, but nobody seems to know who Joshua is or where he is. Some say he stays at the LeClaire House, Davenport.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Taylor Ridge has shipped 18 carloads of potatoes and three of onions in the last two days.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Charles McHugh, A.D. Sperry, George Price and A.D. Huesing have returned from duck hunting in New Boston bay.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana College board called the Rev. Conrad Bergendoff of Chicago to become professor of Christianity.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Augustana College, Rock Island, is slated to receive the greater part of a $700,000 estate of the late Mrs. Elsa N. Westerlin, Chicago, according to Associated Press dispatches. Terms of a will filed in Chicago probate court show about $620,000 should go to the college. Although neither Mrs. Westerlin nor her husband had attended Augustana or had any children enrolled at the college they had visited the campus often.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Thieves removed about 200 feet of half-inch steel cable from a fence in Camden Park. The Milan Jaycees built the fence around the parking lot at the park. The project was completed earlier this month. The cable is valued at approximately $200 officials said.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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