Day in history for December 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Bill Fox, one of the bandits who murdered Colonel Davenport here July 4, 1845, is again at large. He was seen by a man who had known him from boyhood. Fox and two men, mounted on good horses, were riding north in Knox County when identified.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A woman who fell on the sidewalk in front of her house and broke a limb is now suing her husband for $5,000 for not cleaning off the ice.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The former Miss Fannie Moore of Geneseo may become a titled English lady. Her husband, Frank Pennington, is the only direct heir of Lord Muncaster, a member of the English peerage.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The J.W. Montgomery home, 2102 24th St., was awarded first prize in The Argus outdoor Christmas lighting contest.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Plans are in progress for the construction of a new Sears, Roebuck And Co. store on W. 4th Street in Davenport, according to Elmer Underwood, Sears manager in the Quad-Cities. Building costs have delayed the construction of the store, but Underwood is hopeful that actual work may begin in the spring of 1954.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Commonwealth Edison Co. is making a new attempt to win official approval to dump heated water from its nuclear power station at Cordova into the Mississippi River. In applications for discharge permits filed with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Iowa Department of Environmental Quality, Com-Ed seeks approval to use diffuser pipes rather than its closed cycle spray canal ``during adverse conditions.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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