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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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