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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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