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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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