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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