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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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