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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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