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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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