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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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