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: 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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