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: 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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