Day in history for October 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Brown of Geneseo, president of the Henry County Agricultural Society, has presented us with a fine lot of ladyfinger potatoes. For baking they are excellent, though, we think, not superior to the pink eyes.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Josephine passed down today leaving a barge load of lumber for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Charles McHugh and J.E. Montrose tendered a dinner to visiting hotel men at the Harper House last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Thorsten Bostrom, 12-year-old son of Dr. and Mrs. Otto Bostrom, Augustana professer, was killed in an auto accident near Sterling.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Heavy damage resulted Sunday afternoon when fire broke out in the Moline Paint Manufacturing Co., 101 16th St., Moline. All Moline fire companies, in addition to off-duty Moline firemen and the company from Rock Island Arsenal, answered the call and battled the blaze for more than two hours.

1978 -- 25 years ago
One of the most notorious fugitives in Rock Island County is a big, brown-eyed basset hound. The canine, which has been on the run for nine months, is wanted by animal control officers of Silvis, East Moline and Rock Island County for traveling without tags. The culprit has been spotted near the homes of area residents, regularly practices evasive tactics and has been known to roam with gangs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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