Day in history for December 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Ward street supervisors, chosen by the Rock Island city council, are: Joseph Conway, Peter S. Albert and Joseph Johnston.

1878 -- 125 years ago
These are the fellows who have gone down to the Illinois River to shoot ducks, geese and mudhens: T.T. Dow, I.H. Sears, C. Krum, August Schmidt, W.A. Foster, J.A. LeClaire, S.F. Gilman and Thomas Galpaugh.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Frederick Weyerhaeuser of St. Paul, formerly of Rock Island, gave this city $4,000 for a new public library. Previously he had given $10,000 and loaned the city $50,000 for the building.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Charles Elbert Whelan, editor of the Modern Woodmen magazine, died at 66.

1953 -- 50 years ago
There is no telling what a motorist will encounter on the road these days. Gust Bourboules, 246 15th St., Silvis, driving along 1st Ave. in Silvis, suddenly encountered a wheel bowling across the street. The wheel had come loose from the car of Valentine Lopez. The freak accident took place near 13th St.

1978 -- 25 years ago
It seems that none of the students at Colona Grade School want to eat lunch with Superintendent Eddie Sperry. The Citizen's Advisory Committee had met with the superintendent to figure out what could be done about discipline problems in the cafeteria. Any student who misbehaves has to eat lunch at the superintendent's table, an unusual punishment, but apparently an effective one.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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