Day in history for December 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Winslow S. Pierce, a resident of Rock Island until he left for the gold fields and became wealthy, plans to run for the United States Senate from California. He is at present comptroller of California.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Harper Opera House opened last night for the first time. Marie Roza, soprano, was the attraction. Only 210 seats were sold, owing to improper promotion of the grand opening.

1903 -- 100 years ago
U.G. Simpson won a silver loving cup for securing the most members in the YMCA campaign.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. J. Vincent Nordgren was installed as pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Birtman Electric Company, Rock Island, is adding to America's arsenal of defense. A special assembly line in its plant at 1533 1st St. is turning out 3.5 inch rocket launchers in quantity. This is the weapon that on July 20, 1950, knocked out seven out of seven Communist tanks in its first Korean test, according to an announcement by Gen. Douglas MacArthur's public information officer.

1978 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester will not renew its manufacturing contract with Steiger Tractor Co., bolstering reports the Rock Island Farmall Plant is gearing up for production of giant four-wheel drive tractors. Plant sources have told the Dispatch IH soon plans to begin making new 3388 and 3588 4WD articulated (jointed) tractors.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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