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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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