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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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