Day in history for November 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Today was a cold snowy day. Snow fell here all day, but did not last long. In the northern part of the state we learn that the ground was covered to the depth of three inches.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Dr. H.A. Reynolds will begin a series of nightly lectures against intoxicating liquors in Dart's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A reception was held in the Harper House for Governor Richard Yates. In a speech in the courthouse, he defended his administration against charges made in Chicago newspapers.

1928 -- 75 years ago
David Lawrence, columnist, predicts the election of Herbert Hoover as president Nov. 6.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Science and police techniques, teamed to prevent or solve crimes, are transforming Rock Island's police force into a department of specialists. Today the Rock Island police force has seven men trained in operation of radar speed analyzing, one in lie detection, six in photography and four in fingerprinting. All members of the force hold federal permits as radio operators and are trained in first aid.

1978 -- 25 years ago
First National Bank and Moline National Bank donated $16,000 to downtown Moline merchants for the most elaborate Christmas display in the Midwest. ``It's really going to be spectacular,'' said Gene Oliver, head of the merchants promotion committee. The decorations will far surpass those of last year which cost only about $1,800.

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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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