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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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