Day in history for November 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. G.H. King, at the Farmers Store, Geneseo, has a fine stock of goods, which he is offering to his customers at reduced prices.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Wide Awake Hose and Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2 will give a grand ball at Hillier's Hall on Thanksgiving eve, Wed., Nov. 28, tickets to which will be 75 cents.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The people of Moline will probably have to be satisfied if the library board can succeed in having the new Carnegie library completed for occupation before the holidays roll around.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Plans are being made for a Tri-City Jewish Center to be located in Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An article written by Col. R.E. Peters, who has served as executive officer in the office of manpower, office of the chief of ordnance, Washington, cites the importance of the management engineering training program set up this year at Rock Island Arsenal. The item appears in the November-December issue of Ordnance, published by the American Ordnance Association in Washington.

1978 -- 25 years ago
It looked like an ordinary, beat-up old violin until Rock Island police looked inside and saw ``Stradivarius'' on the label. That name can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars from collectors, but not in this case. The fiddle's a fake, say experts. But that's about all police know, except that a man tried to sell it for $100 in a downtown night spot.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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