Day in history for January 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The official presidential election vote in Rock Island County gave Pierce 686 votes, Scott 761, and Hale 96.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Services were held today at the Broadway Presbyterian Church by the Rev. T.H. Hench.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A plan to erect a new city hall on the Flatiron Square on 17th Street, Rock Island, was presented to the city council last night by Mayor Knox. The matter was referred to a committee.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Joseph G. Lewis, pioneer painter and decorator in Rock Island, died.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Safecrackers made an unsuccessful attempt to open the safe at Harry And Emil's Service Station, 1901 7th St., Moline, but left the place after blowing out the electric fuses in trying to use a drill on the safe. The thieves managed to knock off the combination dial but couldn't get into the strongbox.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Pulling a pistol and yelling, ``I'll shoot you,'' a Moline jeweler sent two would-be robbers fleeing from his store. James Westmoreland, 57, didn't realize the man was armed. And he didn't know an accomplice was pressing a gun to his wife's head as she stood behind a nearby counter. Westmoreland, owner of Westmoreland Jewelers at 3314 23rd Ave., says he isn't sure what he would have done had be known his wife was in danger, and pulled the gun without even thinking.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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