Day in history for January 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi River still is closed and the crossing is good.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A committee appointed to help the poor has decided to hold a charity ball with tickets selling for $5 per couple.

1903 -- 100 years ago
M.H. Sexton was re-elected president of the Three-I baseball league by the board of directors.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Cong. John C. Allen will ask reappointment of Hugh A.J. McDonald as postmaster of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fire, blamed on an overheated hot air duct, caused heavy damage to the interior of a 1-story frame bungalow used as a temporary kindergarten classroom at Sacred Heart School, Moline. About seven or eight pupils were in the structure at the time the fire broke out. Their instructor, Sister Esther, O.S.F., gathered up their hats and coats and led them to the doorway without incident. The small structure is located immediately south of the new school building which will open next September.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Television personality Robert Young, and his wife Betty, have donated $10,000 to the mental health program at Franciscan Hospital. The funds will support educational services and facilities. The money will be spent at the direction of Dr. Eduardo Ricaurte. The money will be used mainly for the mental health center library.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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