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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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