Day in history for November 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Prairie fires are doing much damage. A fire ran over the farms of Knox, Gregg and Mixter, destroying haystacks, a field of corn and a half-mile of fence. (The farms were along the base of the bluff, near the present 9th Ave.)

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Gun Club is holding a two-day tournament on its new grounds near Brooks crossing (42nd St. and 5th Ave., Rock Island). Street cars are hauling spectators to the tournament for 5 cents.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Michael Valentine, 16, Rock Island, who with two companions decided to see some of the world, was run over and killed by a freight train in Muscatine.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The chamber of commerce has obtained specialists to make surveys of good sites for a Rock Island airport.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Scott County and Davenport authorities issued warnings to minors who may attempt to falsify records in order to obtain driver's licenses which shows them to be over 21 years of age in order to obtain liquor. Authorities said they will prosecute all violations to the full limit of state codes.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island officials have decided the best place for their new sanitary landfill is south of Milan, near Castle Junction. Rock Island's present landfill, within city limits at 31st Ave. and Illinois 92, has been ordered closed by EPA officials because of potential water pollution problems.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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