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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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