Day in history for December 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Sultan of Turkey will take the field in person in the war against Russia. England is undecided. Napoleon III is raising 100,000 men. Bucharest is reported destroyed. These items of news, though three weeks old, are the latest from the Crimean war front.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The finest clubrooms of Rock Island are those of the Black Hawk Club, which is now at the foot of 17th St., second story of the gas company's building.

1903 -- 100 years ago
When a drunken man sent in a fire alarm this morning, the department's men and horses galloped to the Fremont Butter Tub Company, all for nothing.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Sears, Roebuck Company will open a store in Rock Island after the first of the year.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Richard Buck, conservator of the Inter-Museum Conservation Association, completed his five days of ``detective'' work at the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery. The work consists of inspecting old paintings, studying their authenticity and evaluating them. The purpose of the organization is restoration of art works in galleries whose budgets do not permit installation of full-time departments of conservation.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Ten new fire monitors were bought for $1,685 Monday night by the Coal Valley Fire Protection District. Trustees accepted the low bid from Warren Radio, Peoria, for 10 Regency fire monitors.

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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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