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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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