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: 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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