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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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