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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