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: 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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