Day in history for December 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Galena Jeffersonian tells opponents of a bridge over the Mississippi at Rock Island that they could have won against carriages but that nothing can stop the railroad from bridging the river. Railways are necessary to the nation, the paper points out.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. J.R. Postlewaite is critically ill.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Officers re-elected by the Rock Island Baseball Association are H.E. Casteel, L.D. Mudge, H.H. Cleaveland and M.S. Heagy.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ida W. Lundy, longtime teacher and principal at Longfellow School, died.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Post Office needs three enclosed trucks with 450 cubic feet of space and three enclosed trucks with 100 cubic feet of space to use during the Christmas period, Dec. 15 to 26. Payment for use of the trucks will be made on an hourly basis. Drivers are not wanted. The trucks will be used for collecting, delivering and relaying mail.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A massive, swift-moving storm dumped up to a half-inch of ice on the area last night, plunging much of the Illinois side of the river into darkness, closing the Quad City Airport, and turning roads and highways into borderless skating rinks. Basketball fans watching the beginning seconds of the Moline High School vs. Chicago Phillips basketball game at Wharton Field House were plunged into blackness.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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