Day in history for November 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island County voted, 665 to 221, in favor of organizing the county by townships.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Our street crossings never were in better condition. Forty-one crossings have been laid on 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Rock Island. The old crossings were as much as two feet below the sidewalks. Nothing adds so much to the classiness of a city as well-graded streets and good plank crossings.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Seven shots were exchanged between striking molders and non-union men at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street, Moline. Three strikers were shot, one critically.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Provisions of Rock Island's first zoning ordinance were explained to the public by the city council.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An open house and recruitment tea were given Sunday afternoon at Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing. Student nurses escorted guests through the hospital and dormitory. A social hour, including a movie, ``Girls in White,'' concluded the event.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A long-awaited emergency shelter-care facility for teenage girls is finally taking shape, and the group of Quad-Cities women behind it is celebrating. LINKS, a group made up primarily of black women, is holding a buffet dinner Saturday night to dedicate the shelter, which is scheduled to be in operation by June. The group has contracted with Home Away from Home in Rock Island to run the proposed facility.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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