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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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