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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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