Day in history for December 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We now get our St. Louis mails, via LaSalle, in two days. When the cars are through to this place, such mail will come in 24 hours. Last winter, 10 days was the time for mail between the two places.

1878 -- 125 years ago
L. Averhill, a blind man, is exhibiting one of Edison's photographs in the Okerberg building, Moline.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A sale for the benefit of the Sisters of the Visitation is in progress at Hotel Harms. Mrs. Ben T. Cable is heading the committee in charge.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Eli Mosenfelder, 70, a men's clothing merchant in Rock Island since 1882, died.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Do you need a Santa Claus? The Iowa Employment Service office in Davenport can furnish one. ``We have a supply of men who will be able to meet the qualifications,'' Ed DeWitt, assistant manager of the office, said. ``We can select a man who would not require any padding as we have some big ones on our list.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
Ironworkers' Local Union No. 111 of Rock Island has voted to donate $100 to each family of the 10 ironworkers who died in a catastrophe at Willow Island, West Virginia, earlier this year. The union also will donate an additional $100 to the family of a local first-year apprentice injured in an automobile accident Dec. 8. The worker is still in a coma. This $100 was in addition to a collection taken among the members.

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