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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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