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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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