Day in history for December 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We hear that the new store of Messrs. Ainsworth, Lynde And Simons at Geneseo is doing a fine business. Our friends in that region cannot find more honorable or upright men to deal with.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A load of hay remained all night on the scales in Market Square, something unusual here. Hay hasn't been selling lately.

1903 -- 100 years ago
C.I. Pederson was elected worshipful master of Rock Island Lodge No. 658, Masons.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Donald Hubbart was chosen to represent Rock Island High School in a Big Nine conference declamation contest.

1953 -- 50 years ago
In an effort to thwart persons posing as city inspectors, a good number of Rock Island city employees today were doing a bit of posing themselves. City Manager Conny Bodine said the employees are posing for pictures which will be placed on identification cards. The pictures are being taken by the police department. The cards will be carried by all city employees who have contact with the public in line with their city duties.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Davenport man who appeared on ``The Dating Game'' after going AWOL from a residential correctional facility has two other television credits. James Shelton, who called his Davenport attorney during the past week to arrange to turn himself in, said he has not only been on ``The Dating Game,'' but appeared on two episodes of ``The Gong Show.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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