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: 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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