Day in history for December 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Who will build a plank road to Moline? In a few years omnibuses will run every hour between these two towns. Then businessmen can have places of residence between the two places. There is no other place where a plank road is so much needed or would pay so well.

1878 -- 125 years ago
In Davenport public schools 4,273 boys and girls are enrolled and 2,370 of them are studying the German language.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Seventy-two new members were entertained at dinner at the YMCA last night. William B. McIntyre was toastmaster.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island is considering two sites for an airport, following a survey. One site is east of 30th, the other east of 38th St. The field to be chosen will cover 80 square blocks in the southeast section of the city.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island city officials currently are studying two proposals for the best development of Lake Potter in Sunset Park in the city's west end. A suggestion that the lake be developed as a fishing site gains support from the city's park board. Another suggestion that the lake be developed as a boat basin for small boats and sailboats is gaining favorable consideration from other city officials.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Marycrest College nursing program has received full accreditation by the National League for Nursing, it was announced by Dr. Ron Van Ryswyk, Marycrest president.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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