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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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