Day in history for January 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We learn that the Rock Island Bank is issuing shinplasters. The new issue is a check drawn by M.B. Osborn on the bank of Rock Island dated Nov. 1, 1852, they are said to be guaranteed by pledge of public stock worth not less than par, or by such stocks and cash, deposited with the bank.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Public Library receives valuable books from government, including three on zoology from Lt. George M. Wheeler.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Uncle Tom's Cabin is playing at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Attorney James P. Witter of Rock Island has been endorsed by the Rock Island Republican city central committee for judge of circuit court.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The first baby born in Rock Island in 1953 is Jamie Dominic Nonnemann, 8-pounds 4-ounces. The boy was born at 12:35 a.m. to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nonnemann at St. Anthony's Hospital.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The practice allowing East Moline taverns to sell liquor licenses, often at a substantially higher price than charged by the city, may end under an ordinance proposed by the public works committee. When aldermen heard a license was sold recently for $12,000, they decided to change the rules. The public works committee agreed that liquor licenses should revert back to the city if a license holder decides to stop selling alcohol.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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