Day in history for November 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Chicago newspapers praise highly the ability of Joseph W. Churchill, who is on the Democratic ticket in this country for the office of school commissioner.

1878 -- 125 years ago
George Buford has gone to Kansas City to take charge of a branch of the B.D. Buford Plow Company of Rock Island. The Rock Island plows are much in demand in that section.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Ivy Murdock was killed and Fred Krapp and John Whipple were seriously injured by a premature explosion of blasting powder in a mine at Coal Valley.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Bids on the proposed diversion of Milan's Mill Creek, in order to prevent floods, are considered too high and may be rejected by the federal government.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Two coats were dropped into the postal box at 15th St. and 12th Ave., Rock Island today. However, the coats were not wrapped and there were no postage stamps or addresses attached. The coats are not new, leading postal authorities to discount the theory that they were stolen. They may be claimed at the post office.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The burglars who broke into Connie Coleman's house in Rock Island apparently took their time about it, according to police reports. The burglars had a smoke and drank some beer before looting her home. The burglars made off with $1,500 in stereo gear and $60 in cash.

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