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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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