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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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