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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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