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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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