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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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