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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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