Day in history for November 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
John Zeigler has opened a refreshment house on Water Street. He sprained his ankle a year ago and has been unable to do any work since. No doubt he will be able to earn a comfortable living this way.

1878 -- 125 years ago
John Volk and Company, with a bid of $7,435, was the lowest bidder for the general contract for building a combination Rock Island armory, city hall and city jail.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Perry M. Cheney, 77, one of the substantial pioneers of Rock Island County, died at his farm home in Rural township.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The will of W.D. Peterson, one of the owners of a Davenport department store, revealed an estate of a million dollars. He left $187,000 to Davenport charities.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The best suspect in the theft of a purse, containing $4, at the Central Bowling Alley, 2016 3rd Ave., Rock Island, is a pistol-totin' 9-year-old boy. The victim, Mrs. Dennis Stroffe, said the boy left the spectator section at the alley shortly before she discovered her purse missing. According to a report made to police, the boy was wearing a gun belt which contained toy pistols.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Chester C. Heston, RR 1, Coal Valley, reported to Henry County sheriff's police recently that sometime within the past two weeks someone stole 30 to 40 bales of hay and six bales of straw from his son's residence in Colona Township.

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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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