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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