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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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