Day in history for October 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is expected that Mr. Farnam will soon let the contract for building the railroad from Davenport to Fort Des Moines; and also, as soon as the surveys are completed; from that place to the Missouri River.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Barbed fencing has claimed another life. John Montgomery of Bowling lost a valuable colt when it became entangled in the wire.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Hollowbush left for Rochester, Minn., in the hope of bettering Mrs. Hollowbush's health.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Judge Floyd E. Thompson pledges action to solve the flood relief problem and develop waterway transportation.

1953 -- 50 years ago
June Haver admitted today that her attempt to be a nun has probably ended. The ex-movie queen earlier had insisted her departure from the Sisters of Charity School at Xavier, Kansas, was a temporary leave of absence, and she could return ``as soon as my strength permits.'' But today she told the United Press: ``I just physically am not able to do it.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
A ``substantial'' number of Moline policemen called in sick and stayed away from work today as a deadlock continues over a new contract. ``Just about everybody, with the exception of administrative people, stayed home,'' Mayor Lawrence Lorensen said this morning. ``The sick calls started coming in around 10 p.m. Sunday night,'' Police Chief Nial Hogeboom said this morning.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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