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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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