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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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