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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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