Day in history for November 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The state has given John Wilson a monopoly of the Rock Island-Davenport ferrying business until Feb. 26, 1861, and limited the taxes the ferry has to pay to $40 a year.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Julius Junge, landlord of the Trivoli Hotel, married Emily Friese, daughter of an Aledo housekeeper, in Aledo.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The city council brought its war with the Central Union Telephone Co. to a climax by ordering the company to remove all its phones and cease doing business in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Tri-City Symphony Orchestra pleased a capacity audience at its opening concert of the season.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Silvis City Council is determined to crack down on plumbers who rip holes in the streets to install or repair plumbing and do an inadequate job of refilling the holes. Ald. Frank Lesthaeghe disclosed that some plumbers were using sand to fill the holes.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Geneseo firemen were called to extinguish a flaming truck and a burning cornpicker. A truck belonging to Walter DeMont caught fire as it was parked inside of the Circle S Seed Mill on Chicago Street. Workmen pushed the truck outside, where firemen doused flames in the engine compartment. Then firemen were called to the Lowell Kukuk farm, northeast of Geneseo, when a mounted cornpicker caught fire.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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