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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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