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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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