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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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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