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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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