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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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