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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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