Day in history for November 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Aldermen elected in the Rock Island election are: First ward, D.B. Rice and William Shearer; Second ward, William Kale and David Bowen; Third, George Walter and G.W. Harris.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Thomas B. Fargo, founder of the Fargo Pony Express in the west, is a guest at the Harper House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Members of the British commission inspecting Rock Island public schools were entertained at a dinner in the Rock Island Club. Hosts were superintendent of schools H.B. Hayden and principal H.E. Brown.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Quad-Cities today marked the 10th anniversary of the end of the World War. Davenport sponsored an aerial circus by Army fliers as it opened an airport on North Division.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Burglars who could find no money settled for a hefty supply of meat at the Joe Till Market, 3rd Ave. at about 30th St., East Moline. County investigator Donald Wilson said the burglary loot consisted of 60 pounds of hamburger, a smoked ham and 10 rings of bologna.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Six student congress presidents of Moline schools were honored at a luncheon by the three Optimist Clubs of Moline: David Norin of Seton, Christopher Luebbers of Alleman, Beth Douglas of Moline High, Collin Lodico of John Deere Junior High, Roxanne Short of Calvin Coolidge Junior High, and Pat Puebla of Woodrow Wilson Junior High.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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