Day in history for October 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Men, who do not pay their old newspaper accounts in the fall, generally let them run over until the next spring. SEND IN THE MONEY!

1878 -- 125 years ago
J.M. Starzman and son of Fulton were registered at the Rock Island House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Judge Parmenter united in marriage Roy W. Sill of Walker Station and Miss Bessie Pearl Skinner of Moline.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Sousa's band delighted a large Tri-City audience at a golden jubilee tour concert last night at Davenport Masonic Temple.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A young Moline couple and their 2 1/2-year-old son were recuperating after a narrow brush with death Sunday morning in the chilled and choppy waters of the Mississippi River. Richard Pierce, his wife Bessie, and their young son Michael, spent more than an hour in the cold waters off the East Moline shore when their small outboard motorboat capsized. By hanging onto the side of the overturned craft until Pierce succeeded in righting the boat and getting his wife and baby into it, they were able to survive until rescued by East Moline police and firemen.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Yesterday during the daylight hours in Rock Island there were 10 home burglaries, two or three times the usual number. Sgt. Bob Schroeder of the Region 7 Crime Prevention Unit says residents should be on the alert for suspicious people or activities in their neighborhoods.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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