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: 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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