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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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