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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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