Day in history for November 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Teacher M.R. Kelly asks us to tell people he has 110 scholars in his miserable old shell of a school and can't take any more. Parents still are bringing him new scholars, knowing that his place is full to overflowing.

1878 -- 125 years ago
When asked the important question, a bridegroom at a wedding here said: ``Well, I guess I will.'' Told to be more specific as to whether he would take this woman to be his wife, he said: ``Well, I don't care if I do.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
Seventeen young men have been killed in football games so far this season and it is expected that the toll will pass 20 before the last games are played on Thanksgiving day.

1928 -- 75 years ago
James E. Spring, 21, of Rock Island, was critically injured and his twin brother, John, was slightly hurt when their auto turned over after being hit by another car in Davenport.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Islanders will now be able to return library books without getting out of the car and when the library is closed. A book return box has been installed on the library corner at 19th St. and 4th Ave.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Jim Houghtaling of Ajax Auto Sales reported a break-in to Rock Island police. Burglars kicked away boards over an east side garage door to gain entry. The window was boarded up from a previous burglary. Houghtaling reported only six pennies missing from a desk drawer.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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