Day in history for December 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The latest case of liberality we have noticed, is that of a newly married pair who sent a basket of (crab?) apples to a printer for publishing their nuptials.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Old Folks Festival at Hampton netted the society the snug amount of $90.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mayor McConochie urges citizens to contribute to the relief of Butler, Pa., which is in the throes of a typhoid fever epidemic.

1928 -- 75 years ago
General improvement in the influenza situation was evident today. Only about five hundred students are absent from the public schools now.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The home of the late Mrs. William Butterworth, known as Hillcrest, will become part of a $1,000,000 trust fund established for philanthropic purposes in Moline. The home can be sold, and proceeds put into the trust if trustees decide that is best.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A truck stolen in Moline and recovered about 2 hours later in Bettendorf contained $1,000 worth of beef. The truck belonging to Davenport Packing Co. of Milan was delivering beef to the Italian Village, 3328 23rd Ave., Moline, at 11 a.m. Friday when it was stolen. The driver of the truck told police the keys had been left in the truck. About 1 p.m. Friday Bettendorf police spotted the truck abandoned in a rural area near Interstate 80 at Middle and Forest Grove roads.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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