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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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