Day in history for January 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Weekly Republican will accept most kinds of country produce, also wood and coal, in exchange for a subscription, for advertising, or for job work.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The first issue of Col. Danforth's new paper, The Rock Islander, has appeared. The colonel was advocating the greenback idea of national finance.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Mary Ann Greenwood Buford, 88, widow of the late Gen. Napoleon B. Buford, died.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Twenty-one deaths have been caused in the midwest by the early January sub-zero weather.

1953 -- 50 years ago
News has been received of the birth of a daughter to Dr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Terry, Evanston, Ill. Mrs. Terry, the former Patricia Foley, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Foley, Rock Island, is well known in musical circles here. She was star in ``Firefly'' last summer, given by the Quad-City Music Guild.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Dialing 411 instead of searching through a phone book for unknown numbers soon could become an expensive habit in Illinois. Illinois Bell officials asked the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to approve a plan which would limit customers to five directory assistance calls per month and charge them 20 cents each for additional calls. Customers in the Illinois Quad-Cities dial directory assistance between 16,000 and 18,000 times daily.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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