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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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