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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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