Day in history for October 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
L.M. Webber, Rock Island city treasurer, reports receipts of $3,771.13 during the past fiscal year. City expenses were $3,135.35.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Total Abstinence Society of St. Joseph's Church gave a ball in Hillier's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Fraternal Tribunes held an entertainment last evening. Henry Kramer was chairman. Robert Rexdale gave an address of welcome to the supreme secretary.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A dance marathon in Davenport Coliseum ended after 48 days of continuous dancing. Lester Scheef and Mrs. Elizabeth Meyers, both of Davenport, won. Benny Solomon of Rock Island and Mrs. Earl Waldron of Chicago were second.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Flying in the wind from the spire atop the dome of Old Main at Augustana College was a large gas-filled balloon. Orange and black streamers fluttered from the cord holding the balloon. Campus authorities and students were at a loss to explain how whoever did the job managed it. There was no proof but the general talk on campus was that some member of Phi Omega Phi fraternity knew more about the Halloween prank than anyone else.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A new bridge replacing the Illinois 84 Rock River span will be constructed by 1981. Work on the $9.8 million bridge will begin this May. The new bridge will connect John Deere Road and Interstate 80.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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