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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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