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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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