Day in history for November 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is assumed here that Turkey has declared war on Russia. News brought by the steamer Niagara is 15 days old, but tells of an ultimatum by the sultan.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Contractor Peter Farrell, engaged in rebuilding the John Volk mills, which were destroyed by fire, was seriously hurt when he was hit by a falling post.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A three-day rummage sale at the roller skating rink has netted the Union Mission (Bethany Children's Home) a profit of $730.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A crowd of 25,000 was entertained by Rock Island merchants at the second annual Halloween Mardi Gras parade.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Phyllis Cunningham, 23, Moline, is recovering in Moline Public Hospital after eating glass. She was downtown Moline eating beans and ham with four friends when she felt something in her mouth that she said didn't belong there. Spitting it out she discovered a sliver of glass. Doctors have been watching the progress of the glass through her intestinal tract.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Concern for students who wait for school buses in frigid weather prompted Mrs. Betty Ingram of Coal Valley's Grandview Addition to ask village board approval to erect a shelter in the old North Park. Materials would cost about $2,000 for a plexiglass type enclosure which would hold about 15 students.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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