Day in history for December 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Farnamville is the name of a new town, (that is to be) seven miles this side of Sheffield, on the Rock Island railroad.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The river is frozen over and crossing on the ice has begun.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The new Rock Island Public Library building will be opened within a few days.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island School Board is considering paying $10,000 more to extend the new high school site as far as 12th St.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island is short over 1,000 parking spaces of the absolute minimum normal requirements for a city of this size, Metropolitan Planners, Inc., Indianapolis, told Rock Island municipal officials. Although the firm's study of Rock Island off-street parking has not yet been concluded, two representatives of the concern told local officials that there is a possibility that they might be forced to recommend a multi-story parking garage in the downtown area.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County's new family planning clinic probably will open within three months, county health administrator Fred Siebenmann said. He said the Illinois Family Planning Council gave him the go ahead to begin looking for a site for the new clinic. The county has been without a family planning center since April 1977 when the Neighborhood Health Center in Rock Island closed its doors.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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