Day in history for December 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is now expected that regular passenger cars will run as far as Geneseo on the Chicago and Rock Island railroad by Dec. 15.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The amount of walking between Davenport and Rock Island is shown by Colonel Flagler's report on Rock Island bridge traffic in November: 31,534 crossings of the bridge on foot, and only 21,576 crossings with horses.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Contracts for building bridge No. 6 over Rock River between Rock Island and Milan was awarded to a Clinton company on a bid of $9,900.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Dr. J.C. Souders was injured in an auto collision.

1953 -- 50 years ago
George Marich, 29, Aledo High School track coach, was fatally stabbed shortly before noon today in an altercation with students in one of the school corridors. He was taken to Mercer County Hospital where he died a few minutes later without regaining consciousness. Three youths were taken into custody and were being held by Sheriff William Albertson for questioning.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Illinois is calling off its three-year, $3.9 million effort to keep Rock Island Lines passenger trains running in the state. The Dec. 31 end of the state subsidy to the bankrupt railroad for the operation of the Chicago to Quad-Cities passenger operations probably means the long-expected end to rail passenger service here.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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