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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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