Day in history for November 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Attention is requested to the advertisement of Messrs. Mills And Co., of a note book lost. Payment of the notes has been stopped by notice to the persons indebted, and the book can be of no use to any persons but Messrs. Mills And Co.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The prospects are that the Rodman Avenue railroad crossing will be in a torn up condition the balance of the year.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Louis C. First, 2124 5th Ave., Moline, broke her elbow and dislocated her ankle in jumping from a buggy Sunday on the island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's name will be painted on the roof of several buildings to guide airplane pilots.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A first place national safety award has been given to the Bettendorf works of the J.I. Case Co. The National Safety Council awarded first place in the nationwide competition to the Bettendorf plant for having the lowest accident frequency rate in the machine shops and foundries group.

1978 -- 25 years ago
State clean-air officials have decided to allow Rock Island Arsenal to continue polluting, saving it from action Army officials said could have shut down the facility. The approval came more than two months after a hearing where Arsenal officials and local government spokesmen appealed for the variance, which allows the pollution to continue until July 1, 1979.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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