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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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