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: 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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