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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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