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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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