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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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