Day in history for November 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island is growing so fast that we now have the merry bells of red bread wagons and of yellow ones. There's business enough for both bakeries.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Burglars entered the John Warner home on 5th Ave., Rock Island, last night. Carrie Warner awoke to see them standing by her bed, but she pretended to be asleep until they left.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Members of the Rock Island Club are planning a theatrical for Jan. 8.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island board of education voted to build an elementary school at 20th Ave. and 40th St.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An Iowa high school student, paralyzed from the waist down, has received $240 for the purchase of a new wheelchair as the result of a recent Strike It Rich program, seen on WHBF-TV at 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. He is Jay Hammer of Grand View.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island football fans shouldn't be forced to attend games on Saturday afternoon rather than Friday night because of hooligans. Councilman Lloyd Peters says the city council ought to do something to get the games back to the time they've traditionally been played. Rock Island High School officials last year said they were moving the games to afternoons because the stadium lights were too dim, though Alleman High School still plays its games there on Friday nights.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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