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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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