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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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