Day in history for November 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi is so low our merchants can't get their winter supply of goods from below. They will be obliged to go east by train to buy.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city council approved plans submitted by the Rock Island Militia Company, the Rodman Rifles, for a combination armory and city hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rowdies created a disturbance in the gallery and were ejected from the Illinois Theater last night during a concert by the Ovide Music Company.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Herbert Hoover, Republican, won the presidency over Al Smith. Hoover carried 40 of the states.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Socialism rather than Communism is the real thing to worry about concerning our own national government, members of the Moline Kiwanis Club were told at a ladies night dinner meeting in the LeClaire Hotel. Don Forsyth, Carthage, president of Kiwanis International, told his audience: ``Communism is knocking at our front door, but Socialism already has entered through the back door and is opening the front door for Communism.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Max D. Peterson Mansion on the Marycrest College campus has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historical Places. Marycrest has been awarded a $40,600 grant for restoration of the 90-year-old building from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA).

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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