Day in history for November 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
John Whitsitt of Preemption, who won first place at our county fair for his firkin butter, was in town today with 1,500 pounds of the same kind, shipping it to St. Louis.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Cannons that are to be used as posts for a new chain fence around the courthouse lawn were placed in position today. (Note: During World War II the old cannons were contributed to a scrap drive.)

1903 -- 100 years ago
Smallpox is spreading in Illinois. More than three hundred cases have been reported in 20 counties.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Freddie Semkin, 11, Hillsdale, drowned while skating on thin ice in a ditch near his home.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The completely rebuilt organ, which includes a new console, at the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Peace will be dedicated at worship services at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Also to be dedicated is a harp that has been added to the organ as a memorial gift by one of the church members. The donor's name will be announced at the service by the Rev. C.H. Rohlfing, pastor.

1978 -- 25 years ago
For a moment it looked like Daphne Dimple Doo had triumphed over old age and infirmity to return to the stage she loves. But the droopy-eared, sad-eyed star of Circa 21's ``Camelot'' may have seen her last days in theater. The basset hound had to be carried on and off the set Tuesday night because of chronic back problems.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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