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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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