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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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