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: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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