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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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