Day in history for January 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The official circulation of the Rock Island Republican was announced as 1,330.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Preachers active on Sunday were the Revs. Robert Schwartz at the Christian chapel, J.R. Fendley at Central Presbyterian Church and T.H. Hench at the Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
C.J. Searle was elected county chancellor of the Rock Island County court of honor.

1928 -- 75 years ago
All records for warm weather on Jan. 12 were broken yesterday with a reading of 51 degrees.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island public schools will adopt the new flag-safety program tested at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Earl H. Hanson, Rock Island superintendent of schools, announced today. A 6-foot pole, to which the flag is attached allows the school patrol boys to stay very close to the sidewalk. The flag itself has a red field and in large white letters the words ``School Crossing'' are spelled out.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Tiny Courtney Talia Harmon claimed celebrity status with her arrival at 3:05 Thursday morning in Hammond-Henry District Hospital. She is the first child of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Harmon and the first baby born in Geneseo in the new year. Courtney also ended an all-time hospital record of 13 days without a birth. The child weighs eight pounds, four ounces and is 21-and-one-half inches long.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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