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: 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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