Day in history for November 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The steamer Artic brings news of the beginning of war between Turkey and Russia.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Work began today on furnishing the club rooms of the Rock Island Athletic Club.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch'' is the play tonight at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Political writers are speculating on whether the Democratic party is dead or whether it can recover from its overwhelming defeat in the last week's elections.

1953 -- 50 years ago
First Assistant Fire Chief Ted R. Martin and Policewoman Sgt. Madeline L. Johnson were to confer this afternoon with the parents of two young boys concerning a blaze in an unoccupied Rock Island home. The boys had entered the dwelling to play, became cold, and decided to start a fire. They picked as their fireplace the toilet bowl in the bathroom. The owner had flushed water from the bowl and replaced it with kerosene to prevent it from freezing. The interior of the bathroom was damaged by the resulting fire.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Gail Fisher, the Rock Island County sheriff's department employee who was fired for going to the ``wrong'' election night party, will be back on the job soon if she wants. Sheriff-elect Randy Heaton, whose victory party Fisher was fired for attending, says he ``anticipates'' rehiring her when he takes office early next month.

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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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