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: 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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