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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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