Day in history for November 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
What should be done for the poor this winter? The best suggestion so far received is that aid to the poor should be left to the ladies.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Fifteen thousand bushels of sweet potatoes were grown this year on Muscatine island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Five cases of typhoid fever in families on 13th St., Rock Island, have been traced to a contaminated well.

1928 -- 75 years ago
W.D. Peterson, 76, one of the founders of a Davenport department store, died in Pasadena, Calif. He was known as the man chiefly responsible for the development of the Davenport levee.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Police revenue from fines and penalties for the city of Rock Island set a new record for the second consecutive month in October with a total of $6,248.40, according to a report released today by Police Chief Claus C. Miller. The October total is more than $1,200 greater than the previous record reported in September, $4,990.10.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The East Moline Women's Club was looking for a project, and buried on a list of community improvement ideas was a dream of a hospital to serve upper Rock Island and parts of Henry County. The hospital idea surfaced in Evelyn Perlmutter's basement, along with suggestions for youth projects, urban renewal and a city map. And so Illini Hospital was born, opening its doors 10 years ago this month.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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