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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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