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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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