Day in history for October 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Kinney has presented the editor with a half bushel of choice sweet potatoes from his nursery. He has plenty of them for sale. See his advertisement.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A grand ball was given at Hillier's Hall last night under the auspices of the ladies of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Homer Darby left this morning for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to visit her sister in St. Patrick's Catholic convent.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Yanks take fourth game of series from Cards as Babe gets two and Gehrig one home run apiece.

1953 -- 50 years ago
``E.J.'', the trained grasshopper, has gone to its final resting place, the hoppy hunting grounds. Final rites for the grasshopper, which gained considerable publicity after being adopted as a pet by Mrs. June Link, switchboard operator at the Davenport City Hall, were held at 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of the municipal building.

1978 -- 25 years ago
An Ozark jet carried a Rock Island butterfly on the first leg of its southward migration. Third graders in Marion Lardner's class at Hanson Elementary School raised the monarch from an egg. The butterfly hatched a little later than its counterparts in the wild and the third graders feared it would freeze before it caught up with the other monarchs on the way to Mexico. So Mrs. Lardner decided to ask Ozark Airlines if it could help.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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