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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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