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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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