Day in history for December 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
There is no game offered for sale in our markets. What has become of all the deer, turkey, geese, duck, quail and rabbits we used to have in abundance? Where are all the hunters this season?

1878 -- 125 years ago
Whether to allow saloons in the town will be the fight at the next Milan election.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Comedian Walter Jones is playing in ``The Sleepy King'' on the Illinois Theater stage.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Three prisoners choked and gagged Sheriff Charles Nash at Cambridge. A posse of 75 citizens captured two of the men after wounding one of them.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fire and water damage to the Scott Hotel in Bettendorf will probably run to $20,000 or more according to a preliminary estimate following an early morning blaze. While the principal fire damage was confined to the Subway Tap and Grill located on the ground floor, smoke damage was extensive throughout the building. Herman Vesole of Rock Island, one of the owners of Scott Hotel Inc., said that the entire building will have to be completely rebuilt and equipped.

1978 -- 25 years ago
``Schumann's Surprise Shirley,'' a racing pigeon owned by LaVerne Schumann of Davenport, will be one of 10 pigeons on the U.S. team at World Pigeon Olympiad in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in January. ``Shirley,'' a black velvet hen, was chosen for the Standard Class Team during a recent show in St. Louis.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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