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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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