Day in history for January 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A bill has been introduced in the Illinois Senate to incorporate a bridge company for the purpose of constructing a railroad bridge across the Mississippi River at Rock Island.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mayor L.M. Buford is in receipt of a piece of pure gold from California. The block weighs three ounces and 15 pennyweights and is valued at $80.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Tracy the Outlaw'' is the attraction showing at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
F.C. Denkmann was renamed president and John Weyerhaeuser vice president of the Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann Co. interests.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A 5-year-old Rock Island girl is in Moline Public Hospital today with a 2 1/2-inch hat pin in her stomach. The girl, Cheryl Jean Wilhelm, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilhelm, 1304 43rd St. Mrs. Wilhelm reported that at first she did not believe it when Cheryl told her she had swallowed the pin. X-rays revealed that it was in her stomach. A physician said Cheryl will be kept under observation for the next few days.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Exel Inn, Moline, opened its doors Thursday, three months after the east end of the unfinished 104-unit motel was leveled by two bomb blasts. The explosions Oct. 8 delayed completion of the motel more than a month, and the bombing is still unsolved.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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