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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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