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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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