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: 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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