Day in history for November 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Results of the Rock Island city election: Mayor William Frizzell reelected with 114 votes; Mr. Osborn, candidate of the Sons of Temperence and of the Maine law liquor prohibitionists, 92 votes; Cornelius Lynde Jr., 68 votes.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The steamboat Charlie Cheaver passed by today. It will be the last boat through this season to St. Paul.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Five members of a school commission from Great Britain are inspecting Rock Island public schools. They were taken on a drive through the Tri-Cities and stopped for some time at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Complete figures on the Rock Island County vote for president are: Herbert Hoover, Republican, 27,246; Alfred E. Smith, Democrat, 14,344.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Laying of the cornerstone of the new parish house of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rock Island, will highlight a Centennial Anniversary week observance. The cornerstone laying will be on the 100th anniversary of the church's first vestry meeting, which was held Nov. 12, 1853.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A group of residents claiming the part-time Carbon Cliff police force has been ineffective in calming a rowdy group of teenagers was told help may be on the way. Mayor Roger Duck promised to look into additional street lighting and said police response should be better after the village hooks into a new 911 telephone dispatching system with Silvis.

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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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