Day in history for December 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The large and elegant hotel at Port Byron, built the past season by George S. Moore, Esq., is now open to the public. It is a splendid house and we doubt will not be liberally patronized.

1878 -- 125 years ago
To save money, the Rock Island City Council voted to stop lighting all gas street lamps, except those at corners.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Joseph Math, son of the confectioner, was injured when the Math delivery wagon horse stumbled on a hill, overturning the wagon.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Alderman E.C. Eberhardt is the first entry for the Republican nomination for mayor of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The perfumes of hundreds of displays of colorful blooms, the splashing of goldfish in the pool, the sight of exotic plants and trees crowding to the glassed dome of the old VanderVeer Park Conservatory are nostalgic memories to most Davenporters. This morning, Emil Kiefer, head gardener, climbed a ladder and nailed up a ``Closed-Unsafe'' sign on the 56-year-old building.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The students in the Augustana College jazz ensemble ventured into the major leagues Wednesday night and they all sounded like pros. They had a super-pro leading the way. World famed drummer Louis Bellson ``came home'' and sat in with the Augie jazzmen at a concert in Centennial Hall. For Moline High graduate Bellson, his ``homecoming'' concert was a total success.

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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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