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: 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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