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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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