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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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