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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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