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: 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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