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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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