Day in history for November 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Few counties in our state are settling up more rapidly at the present time than Henry, and few, if any, present more or greater advantages of soil and other permanent sources of wealth. Two railroads are now in process of construction through the county promising to render it someday as the most wealthy and densely populated.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The G.H. Wilson left here for the south with a good load of freight for St. Louis.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Charles Kell, of Edgington, is mourning the loss of Tommy Raymond, the well-known pacing gelding, that was entered in several races on the Ninth Street track this season.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Orville Rennie has been assigned to the Fort Theater as singing master of ceremonies.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Three portable iron lungs, one each for St. Anthony's, Moline Public, and Moline Lutheran hospitals, will be provided by the United Tavern Owners and Wholesalers of Rock Island County. Lee Mohr, chairman of the board of the group, said the portable iron lungs will be presented to the hospitals in the name of the people of Rock Island County.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Construction work to shore up a collapsed wall along Moline's 16th Street hill above Black Hawk Road should get under way in a couple of weeks. The wall, which crumbled for the second time last spring and has been that way ever since, has been a sore point for area residents.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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