Day in history for December 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Many farmers probably will pack their own pork unless they can get better prices than the $3 per 100 pounds being offered. Ainsworth And Lynde and Ben Harper are the only firms in town so far advertising to buy pork to pack.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Emigration to Kansas continues unabated. Some days there is not room enough in the cars to seat half the passengers, and one Tuesday three extra cars had to be added to the train here. Last night 65 trunks, all marked for Kansas, were handled.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A committee to plan the 21st anniversary celebration of Modern Woodmen of America met last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ben H. Bollman of Rural Township was elected president of Rock Island County Farm Bureau.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A $400,000 ``dream'' materialized this afternoon when the doors of the new Eagle Food Center at 41st Street and 23rd Avenue, Moline, opened to admit the first patrons. From the electric eye controlling the checkout counter operation to the 81-foot frozen-food display, the store represents the most advanced design in food merchandising.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Cases of pop bottles and soda-fountain dispensers splattered the intersection of 53rd Street and 23rd Avenue, Moline, yesterday afternoon after bouncing off a Dr. Pepper truck. The unidentified driver cleaned the mess up himself.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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