Day in history for January 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Nicholas J. Lynch has announced he is running an omnibus regularly thrice daily to Moline from Rock Island. The terminals are at the American House in Rock Island and Johnson's Hotel in Moline.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Louis May left for Chicago this evening to attend a meeting of the B'nai B'rith order.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Floradora'' was the attraction last night at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
O.Z. Cervin, Rock Island architect, has donated $5,000 to the Augustana College expansion and endowment fund.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A group of local residents had a real vantage point, and a place of distinct honor, for the inaugural parade in Washington; they occupied the box directly across from that of President Eisenhower and his party. Included were Charles Carpentier of East Moline, Illinois' new secretary of state, his wife and members of their family; Col. and Mrs. Charles Deere Wiman, Lloyd Kennedy and Bruce Lourie, all of Moline.

1978 -- 25 years ago
William T. Meegan, production manager of The Daily Dispatch, has been installed as president of the Great Lakes Newspaper Production Conference at its annual meeting in Evansville, Ind. The conference is made up of production personnel of 225 newspapers from five states bordering the Great Lakes, as well as the province of Ontario, Canada.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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