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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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