Day in history for October 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A committee has secured the services of the Rev. J. Newberry, Cleveland, Ohio, to conduct a teachers' institute in Rock Island.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The synod of Illinois of the Presbyterian church will meet at Central Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, Oct. 15. Delegates from 175 churches are expected.

1903 -- 100 years ago
M.H. Sexton would not allow his name to go before the American Association in Chicago yesterday as a candidate for the presidency of that organization.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Seventeen state banks in Rock Island County report deposits and resources in excess of $50,000,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Half the tickets for the special luncheon honoring John T. Brown, Racine, Wis., newly elected president of the J.I. Case Co., have been sold, Rock Island chamber officials reported today. Co-sponsors of the luncheon include the Optimist, Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, retail bureau and Chamber of Commerce.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Somebody who apparently doesn't like basketball hoops pulled down at least six of them in southwest Rock Island Sunday. Hoops and backboards were damaged at the homes of Ed Combs, 1712 88th Ave. West; Harry Theus, 8914 Ridgewood Road; James B. Gamache, 1601 80th Ave. West; Caroline Jennisch, 8811 16th St. West; George Atkinson, 1709 89th Ave. West; and John Phillips, 8925 19th St. West.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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