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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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