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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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