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: 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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