Today is Sunday, December 22, the 356th day of 2013. There are 9 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: We never have seen such a rush of teams to this city, loaded with pork, grain as today, Tuesday the 22nd. 1888 — 125 years ago: The first train passed over the D.I. & D. road as far as it was completed, a distance of 30 miles. 1913 — 100 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus committee provided 550 packages for the poor children of the city. 1938 — 75 years ago: Rock Island will be host to three of its sons who have achieved fame on big-time college gridirons this fall, Charles Long, of the U.S. Military Academy; James Hodges, of the University of Illinois and Willard Hofer, of Notre Dame. They will be honored at a luncheon Dec. 29 at the Fort Armstrong Hotel. 1963 — 50 years ago: All extracurricular activities at United Township High School in East Moline may be dropped as an economy measure. This would include all athletic activity, music, dramatics, publications, various clubs and some counseling services. 1988 — 25 years ago: As Christmas Day approaches, hundreds across the Quad-Cities busily are preparing for a Christmas celebration they might not have had without the generosity of our readers. More than $25,000 has been donated to The Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa Fund, as well as hundreds of toys.