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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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