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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