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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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