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: 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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