Day in history for January 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The population of Rock Island at the end of 1852 has been placed at 3,475.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Argus noted that citizens of Woodhull were paying 15 cents a pound for butter.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The department store of Young And McCombs was closed and the stock was in charge of Stevens And Co., Chicago, adjustors, pending settlement of a claim held against the firm by a Chicago wholesale house.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The wind attained a velocity of 45 miles an hour and considerable damage was caused to the lighting system and poles last night. A number of minor injuries was reported.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the first time in history, the more than 7,500 pupils in Moline public schools will have the opportunity of viewing the inauguration of a President of the United States on television. Each school in the system has arranged for its pupils to view the inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A federal judge's decree that high school girls must be allowed to participate alongside boys in contact sports like football, basketball and wrestling has little support among Quad-Cities athletic officials. ``I think it would be more of a hardship sentence than a privilege,'' said Gene McCarter, athletic director at United Township High School. ``I shudder to think of one of my daughters up against a 215-pound linebacker.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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