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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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