Day in history for December 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A stagecoach driver, who refused to pay his ferriage across the Mississippi here, assaulted Mr. Zabriskie of the ferry at 7:30 last night. Mr. Zabriskie still remains insensible and the ruffian has not yet been caught.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Several inches of snow today and the sound of sleigh bells, the first of the season.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club will sponsor a lecture on ``Society'' by Colonel Henry Watterson, Louisville, Ky., editor, at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
C.F. Huthmaker has been named editor of the official magazine of Modern Woodmen of America.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the first time in ``umpteen'' years, the Moline High School band will get a new set of uniforms. The board of education Tuesday night set aside $2,000 from the profits of concession sales at Wharton Fieldhouse and Browning Field to start a fund for the purchase of new uniforms. An additional $3,000 is needed, and it is hoped to get that amount from concessions before the present school year is completed.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Two six-inch teeth found 10 miles south of Sauk Valley College by a Rock Falls man have been identified by college staff members as molars from a mastodon, an extinct species. Charles Standard, Rock Falls, found the fossilized teeth partially buried in the bed of the Green River about eight miles southeast of Rock Falls.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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