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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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