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: 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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