Day in history for December 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The lads and misses instructed in music by Mr. Smith gave a concert at the courthouse. Such an entertainment, which was well attended, is of more value than are the programs of the itinerant musicians we have had for some time past.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Most of the pews available in Broadway Presbyterian Church were sold last night.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island will have four more passenger trains when service is inaugurated tomorrow on the Chicago-Kansas Line of the Milwaukee Road.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Students of Augustana College plan a special program to honor Dr. G.A. Andreen, college president since 1901.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Safe burglars struck twice in Rock Island Friday night and early Saturday morning, looting the Eleventh Street Point tavern and an adjoining restaurant of more than $4,000 in cash and payroll checks, and the Franc Furniture Store of about $16 worth of costume jewelry. Police speculated that both entries were engineered by the same crew.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Milan's dreams of becoming the greatest ski area south of the Mississippi River may be short-circuited this season. Two members of the Milan Jaycees told the village board that problems in completing electrical work at Mount Camden, a ski slope the Jaycees are building in Camden Park on U.S. 67, may prevent the slope from opening before Christmas.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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