Day in history for December 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Some people want the mail service taken out of the hands of the government and placed in the hands of private carriers because there never was a slower or poor-paying department in government. But, as soon as the new president has time to kick out incompetents and rascals, postal service should improve.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A new pathway in the ice has been laid out in order to enable teams and sleighs crossing the Mississippi River to meet and pass without danger of collision.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Fire in the Iroquois Theater, Chicago, today killed 602, many of them trampled to death. D.C. James of Davenport was identified as among the dead, and Nellie Hart of Rock Island was seriously injured. Several Tri-City people lost relatives in this worst American disaster of its kind.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mosenfelder And Sons announced plans to celebrate the firm's 50th anniversary in Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Unless a decision is reached by Thursday night, the city of Rock Island will enter the new year without full-time emergency ambulance service. A four-hour conference Tuesday between city officials and Paul Penny, operator of Penny's Ambulance Service, which has been providing the city ambulance service on a subsidy basis, failed to result in an agreement.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Colona woman has been named the first female deputy coroner for Henry County. Lola Odendahl, mother of five, was selected by Coroner Glenn I. Case to fill the vacancy caused by the recent death of Deputy Coroner Wayne Fairman of Green Rock.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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