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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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