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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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