Day in history for December 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Argus has learned that Contractor John Warner has succeeded in obtaining the necessary timbers for the Rock River bridge. This means that railroad cars will reach Rock Island in January, or February at the latest.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The price of seats at the new Harper Opera House has been fixed at $1.75 and 50 cents. This brings the price within the range of most people. Jane Coombs is playing there tonight in ``The Hunchback.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
When the scheduled play cast failed to appear last night at the Illinois Theater, a vaudeville troupe, which was passing through the city by train, was engaged on quick notice to entertain the audience.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Prices of the new Model A Ford, the first drastically changed model of the car in 25 years, range from $450 to $625.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport Park Board officials and Davenport Police today warned hunters that they are cracking down on violators of the park rules that prohibit firearms within the parks. The warning was issued after two teenage boys were found in Duck Creek Park with rifles.

1978 -- 25 years ago
No sooner had the Milwaukee Road local freight been put back on the tracks after a Monday night derailment north of East Moline, it went down again about 9:15 p.m. Thursday near Rapids City. Milwaukee Road officials said ice buildup on the rails spelled doom both times.

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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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