Day in history for November 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
People crossing the river now can appreciate the good fire kept in the comfortable saloon of the Rock Island-Davenport ferry. Our people would hardly be satisfied to go back to the old horse-powered boats and skiffs.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Nine upper river steamboats have laid up at Kahlke's boatyard for the winter repairs.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The packet Winona will make its last trip to Clinton Saturday and the Helen Blair will make its last run to Burlington Sunday, after which they will lay up at Kahlke's and the river will be without passenger boats until spring.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Davenport High School defeated Rock Island's football team in the last two minutes, 12 to 10. Halfback Carl Brachtel scored all of Rock Island's points.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline Police Chief Mauritz Nelson had the easiest assignment of his more than 20 years on the police department. He had a letter from Mrs. B.R. Newcomb, Richmond, Wash., asking him for information about a great-uncle, Eli DeReu, who had lived in Moline in the horse and buggy days. It was just as easy as going next door because that's where the DeReu's live, next door to the Nelson residence, at 2431 5th St.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Members of Grace Baptist Church, East Moline, held a special service and open house Sunday to celebrate the church's 25th anniversary.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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