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 ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.

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