Day in history for November 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council elected the following officials: Quincy McNeal, city clerk; Joseph Johnston, marshal; Knox and Drury, city attorneys; L.M. Webber, treasurer; A.K. Philleo, assessor; Amos Stillman, surveyor; Cornelius Lynde, Jr., supervisor of sidewalks.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island County Sunday School convention will be held for two days in Moline. Delegates are asked to come prepared to pay dues of two pence for each scholar in their schools.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A grocer sold gasoline, instead of kerosene, by mistake. As a result, a lamp exploded in the house at 740 13th St., Moline, killing Wilfred Owens, 12, and severely burning his parents.

1928 -- 75 years ago
After producing automobiles for 20 years, the Velie Motors Corporation of Moline announced that it would stop making cars and concentrate on manufacturing airplanes.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A fire that roared through the interior of the Normoyle And Berg Construction Company building at 2223 11th St., Rock Island, this morning caused an estimated $8,000 damage. The fire was believed to have started when a portable heating stove flared up shortly after being lighted.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Quad-Cities area officials are preparing to ask the federal government for another $113,000 to continue planning for a 911 emergency dialing system here.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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