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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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