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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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