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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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