Day in history for December 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Hoffacker has taken rooms at the American House and advertises that he will teach German and French to any persons who desire to learn those languages.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Sleighs to Davenport in place of a ferry boat trip now.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The funeral of the Rev. C.A. Bersell, Augustana College professor, was held today.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Friends honored George W. Gamble, circuit clerk of Rock Island County, on his 80th birthday anniversary.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The theft of 100 sample dresses and personal clothing, valued at $1,340, was reported to Rock Island police this morning. Leo Rosenkranz, St. Louis, Mo., a salesman for the Forest City Mfg. Co., Collinsville, Ill., said the clothes were taken from a car parked at 19th St. and 2nd Ave. Police said the car prowler gained entrance to the vehicle by breaking a ventilator window.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Theodore Weigle, regional director of the Urban Mass Transit Authority in Chicago, says if the Davenport City Council doesn't decide by Jan. 15 whether it wants to store Davenport mass-transit buses in a Rock Island garage, the Quad-Cities may lose millions of dollars in federal aid to build it. Last October the UMTA picked the BAndM Electrical Distributing Co. 2927 5th Ave., Rock Island, as the site of a garage to serve both sides of the river.

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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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