Day in history for November 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Ward fire wardens appointed by the Rock Island city council are R. Graham, J.G. Blythe and Frazer Wilson.

1878 -- 125 years ago
O.J. Dimick has gone to Peoria to make some horse trades which he expects will bring to Rock Island some of the best Kentucky trotting stock.

1903 -- 100 years ago
More blackmail demands have been received by officers of the Rock Island Lines. New threats are made by the gang to dynamite trains.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Moline High School defeated Rock Island, 7-0, in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game of the two cities yesterday in Douglas Park.

1953 -- 50 years ago
WHBF-TV, Channel 4, is the first television station in the United States to install a completely automatic United Press facsimile receiver. This new receiver, which began delivery of photos Nov. 10, provides the fastest newspicture service in the Quad-Cities area. It brings ready-to-telecast pictures from all over the world direct to WHBF-TV through the U.P. Telephoto network.

1978 -- 25 years ago
About 10,000 Quad-Cities area residents have signed petitions opposing closure of the East Moline Mental Health Center. Barbara Lerch, a mental health technician at the center and a member of the Concerned Citizens Committee to Save the East Moline Mental Health Center, said committee members hope to garner another 10,000 signatures within two weeks.

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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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