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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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