Day in history for December 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Eighty acres of land about two miles back of town was sold at public auction at the courthouse Saturday. Most of our solid money men were present and bidding was brisk. George Mixter was the buyer, at $27 per acre, cash down. (This land sold was in the neighborhood of the present Rock Island High School.)

1878 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Saulpaugh of Rock Island was robbed of a pocketbook containing $800 on a train between here and New York.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Fred Burnison, 21, of Walker Station (East Moline), was shot and killed accidently by a companion while they were hunting rabbits.

1928 -- 75 years ago
President Coolidge today signed a bill for an irrigation, flood control and power project on the Colorado River to be known as Boulder Dam.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A 5-year-old East Moline boy, who strums a violincello and sings western songs, may become a national television star. That is the hope of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Neighbours for their son Lennie Allen. In order to make their dream come true, the Neighbours have staked their savings and will leave for New York City Jan. 4.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Fifty-five years ago, Jack ``Bud'' Downing was a 5-year-old boy playing in the brand-new dairy at 2268 24th St., Rock Island, that bore his family's name. Early today, his 60th birthday, he watched orange flames consume the landmark his family operated for four generations.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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