Day in history for December 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The law of Solomon Knickerbocker of Port Byron was shot to pieces while he was preparing to go hunting. While he was putting on his gloves, the gun discharged in his face.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Although the thermometers show 10 degrees below zero, Market Square was crowded with farmers' sleighs today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island city council will consider an offer by the heirs of Bailey Davenport to sell a strip of land north of the city reservoir park.

1928 -- 75 years ago
King George V, who has been near death for many days, now has a chance to recover, his physicians said today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A drive to collect $475,000 to finance construction of a new wing for Moline Lutheran Hospital is now in its first phase with the solicitation of industry and businessmen. Total cost of the new wing and a remodeling in parts of the present building plus addition of new equipment and some redecoration is set at $775,000. However, the hospital reports $300,000 is available from reserves, gifts and bequests.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A bus carrying 15 Riverdale High School students slid on a patch of ice, swerved and almost fell into a Rock River backwater half a mile south of the Hillsdale Trailer Court. The bus came to rest at a 180-degree angle to approaching traffic, and its back wheels sank into the muddy shoulder. No one was hurt, school officials said.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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