Day in history for January 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council adopted an ordinance dividing the city into three wards.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Because some boys who took temperance pledges at a recent public meeting got intoxicated, Charles W. Skinner, head of the executive committee of the temperance movement, announced hereafter no boy or girl would be allowed to take the pledge unless vouched for by adults or personally known by the officers.

1903 -- 100 years ago
G.H. Baumbach was installed last evening by Dr. J.F. Myers as captain of Post No. 41, Fraternal Army of America.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island is ready to welcome thousands of Illinois Agriculture Association members to the 13th annual convention of the group which opens tomorrow.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Two employees at Farmall Works in Rock Island were injured when the tractors they were driving off an assembly line to a warehouse toppled in soft ground and threw them off. The mishaps were identical but occurred 15 minutes apart. The injured are Gilbert Davies, 53, Geneseo and William C. Crane, 49, Moline.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County, faced with a renewed demand to return $17,995 it received in federal flood-fighting aid in 1975, is pleading for more time to reconstruct ``missing'' records justifying receipt of the money.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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