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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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