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 new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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