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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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