Day in history for January 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The sleighing is very fine in this vicinity now. There are plenty of snow, sleighs and bells. The Mississippi is clear and there are good horses, plenty of furs and a town full of charming girls.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Among the old settlers who died during 1877 were Jonas Sparks, James Copp, John Siegrist, William D. Hatten, Mrs. Eliza Augustus, and George W. Harris, all of Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
J.B. Brown was installed as chief patriarch of Rock Island encampment No. 12, Odd Fellows, last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Seventeen liquor prohibition cases again were sent to the circuit court on changes of venue.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline Public Hospital treated 14,655 patients during 1952, an increase of 4 percent over 1951, the hospital's annual report shows. Babies born totaled 1,492, an increase of 3 percent over the previous year. Emergencies were up 3 percent and 1,484 patients were cared for.

1978 -- 25 years ago
East Moline residents accustomed to driving snowmobiles on city streets will have to pursue the sport elsewhere under an ordinance expected to be approved by the city council. The ordinance, suggested by the public-safety committee, limits the operation of snowmobiles to private property and a specially-designated area near the East Moline landfill.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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