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 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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