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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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