Day in history for October 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
L.M. Webber, Rock Island city treasurer, reports receipts of $3,771.13 during the past fiscal year. City expenses were $3,135.35.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Total Abstinence Society of St. Joseph's Church gave a ball in Hillier's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Fraternal Tribunes held an entertainment last evening. Henry Kramer was chairman. Robert Rexdale gave an address of welcome to the supreme secretary.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A dance marathon in Davenport Coliseum ended after 48 days of continuous dancing. Lester Scheef and Mrs. Elizabeth Meyers, both of Davenport, won. Benny Solomon of Rock Island and Mrs. Earl Waldron of Chicago were second.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Flying in the wind from the spire atop the dome of Old Main at Augustana College was a large gas-filled balloon. Orange and black streamers fluttered from the cord holding the balloon. Campus authorities and students were at a loss to explain how whoever did the job managed it. There was no proof but the general talk on campus was that some member of Phi Omega Phi fraternity knew more about the Halloween prank than anyone else.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A new bridge replacing the Illinois 84 Rock River span will be constructed by 1981. Work on the $9.8 million bridge will begin this May. The new bridge will connect John Deere Road and Interstate 80.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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