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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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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