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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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