Day in history for November 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island County has been redeemed from Whig party domination. Democratic candidates won all county offices by margins of 9 to 83 votes. The total vote was 1,152.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Wake, wife of ex-supervisor Wake, met with a serious accident near Zuma Center by being thrown from a buggy and dragged on the road. Henry Brundell's son, who was driving, was kicked in the head by the horse and critically hurt.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Carrie Nation, the Kansas woman who goes around smashing saloon mirrors with her hatchet, was ousted from the White House by police when she caused a scene after demanding to see President Theodore Roosevelt.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Lee Syndicate of newspapers bought controlling interest in the Davenport Democrat.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Port Byron High School's new gymnasium will be dedicated Friday night during the Red Devils' first basketball game with Cordova's Panthers. The dedication will open with the presentation of the new gym to the public by Donald Finch, school board president.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County courthouse employees, including the circuit court clerks, had to wear coats at work this morning after a boiler pipe break left the building without heat. The inconvenience to circuit court clerks, however, was not new. Remodeling of the third floor clerk's office began nine months ago, and still is not completed.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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