Day in history for December 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Sheriff Swander has printed notices, which he has posted in each precinct, concerning the places and times he will receive payments of taxes.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Cleveland Coal Co. has drained about four more acres of Rock River and is taking out coal lying almost on the surface of what was the bottom of the stream. Twenty-seven carloads of coal went out on the C. B. and Q. yesterday.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A new pauper house at the Rock Island County infirmary will be dedicated Dec. 29, the first anniversary of the burning of the building it replaces.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The 25th anniversary of aviation was celebrated at Kitty Hawk, N.C., where the Wright Brothers made their first airplane flight Dec. 17, 1903.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Receipts at the Moline Post Office have hit the $1,000,000 mark for the first time in its history, it was announced by Tulle V. Davis, acting postmaster. Davis said that the organizational plan of the post office department provides for salary increases for the postmaster and some other high officials when receipts pass the $1,000,000 mark.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island police arrested a 20-year-old woman after a fight broke out at a downtown bingo game. She was charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon. She was arrested about 8:45 p.m. at her home after an incident about 6:30 p.m. at the Rock Island Elks Club, 220 19th St.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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