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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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