Day in history for November 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island County voted 828 to 171 in favor of buying $50,000 worth of bonds in the Warsaw and Rockford railroad, which will pass through the county.

1878 -- 125 years ago
E.M. Guffin, the Iowa City milkman who was fined for selling milk on Sunday, is advertising for cows which will give their milk on Saturday.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island High School's football team beat Moline, 12 to 5, at 12th Street Park. Moline has been defeated only once before by Rock Island. A record crowd of 3,000 saw the game. The Tri-City championship will be decided when Davenport and Rock Island play Thanksgiving day.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rockford will replace Marshalltown in the 1929 Mississippi Valley professional baseball league, in which Rock Island and Moline have teams.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Turkeys unlimited. This describes the turkey business at the Rock Island Produce Company, a concern that handles three million pounds of those Thanksgiving birds each year. All the turkeys handled by the produce firm are quick frozen and packaged in saran plastic bags, which become almost a second skin on the turkey.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Old Main at Augustana College, a landmark in the Quad-Cities for nearly a century, is undergoing a $400,000 face-lift as a result of gifts to the school's Agenda for Leadership program.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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