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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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