Day in history for November 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Boxes will be placed in each Rock Island voting hall for contributions to the Washington monument. A dime from each inhabitant of the nation would bring in enough to complete this noble structure.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The 14th district of the Women's Relief Corps, an auxiliary to the G.A.R., convened in Rock Island County courthouse and elected Mrs. Sylvia Hemenway of Rock Island as secretary.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Burglars took $40 at the home of A.D. Welch last night. The money belonged to Miss Lura Lukens, a sister of Mrs. Welch.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Frank J. Budelier, Rock Island, was elected vice president and this city was chosen for the 1929 convention by the Illinois Association of Insurance Agents.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County drivers license examining station, which has been located at District 7 Illinois State Police headquarters in Black Hawk State Park, will be moved to Milan sometime next week. The Milan site will be a building adjacent to Bringer Inn.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Island, will observe their 50th and 90th anniversaries. Grace Lutheran Church was organized in Rock Island's east end in 1888. One block away Zion Lutheran was organized three years later in 1891. In 1928, Grace and Zion churches merged.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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