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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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