Day in history for November 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A Chicago reporter estimates the populations of these cities as follows: Davenport, 5,200; Rock Island, 4,000; Moline, 1,500; Camden (Milan), 300; East Davenport, 200.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Thanksgiving day was observed in the Quad-Cities with the usual disregard for the original meaning of the holiday.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Walter Johnson, 60, editor of the Rock Island Union, died in his home, 1132 1st Ave. Born in England, he had been connected with the Rock Island daily for 35 years.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Coach Shorty Almquist's first football team at Augustana College ended the season with a 7-1 record after defeating St. Ambrose 13-2 in the final game.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The snow Thursday developed in time to provide a Christmas atmosphere for the Moline Christmas parade scheduled to begin at 6 o'clock tonight and wind through the downtown area. Thousands of persons are expected to brave the cold air and icy streets to stand along the line of march and view the parade units.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The first winter storm to sweep the Quad-Cities dumped 3.3 inches of snow overnight and this morning snarled traffic, rerouted air travelers, downed power lines and sent city workers scrambling for their snowplows. Forecasters are calling for temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees tonight with a chance of more snow flurries.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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