Day in history for October 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
L.M. Webber is preparing to build several new houses to rent to newcomers.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles passed a very creditable inspection. Inspector General Dana made a most favorable report and Sgt. A.E. Wells was awarded a medal for proficiency in drill. Capt. Hawes is proud of his company.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The new Spencer Memorial Methodist Church will be dedicated Oct. 25 with the Rev. J.W. Powell, Buffalo, N.Y., as the speaker.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The ceremony of dedication of the new Royal Neighbors building will be held in the Fort Theater to better accommodate the expected throng.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Dick Thomas, former Rock Island High School gridiron star, won the United Press ``Midwest Back of the Week'' honors. Thomas was chosen for his brilliant performance in leading Northwestern to a victory over Army.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Denise Zelnio can swap football stories right along with the best of them. And that's just what she did when she became the first woman to attend Moline High School's ``M-Men's'' football alumni banquet. Membership is bestowed only on MHS alumni who have earned a major letter in football. Denise served as an athletic trainer. Another woman trainer, Colleen Fox, also received an invitation but was unable to attend.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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