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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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