Day in history for January 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
On the road from Rock Island to Geneseo there is nothing to particularly interest the traveler except the active operations on the Rock Island railroad. The abutments and piers for the railroad's bridge across Rock River are nearly finished.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Argus noted that there was no ice as far north as Green Bay, Wis.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island board of education accepted the resignation of J.F. Darby as principal of the high school and appointed H.E. Brown to fill the vacancy. Darby will move to Indian territory where he will be active in affairs of the Rock Island Trust And Investment Co.

1928 -- 75 years ago
W.J. Stratton, chief of the Illinois Department of Conservation, will be a guest of the Rod And Reel Club of Rock Island on Monday night at the Moose Hall.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the second time in two weeks, the alarm in the Galva fire engine room of the city hall was set off by a vibration caused by the closing of a door. The Galva department has not had an actual fire call for two months and hopes the good luck will continue.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. William Hewitt has resigned from the Illinois Racing Board to protest growing political support for legalization of off-track betting. In her letter of resignation Mrs. Hewitt said that off-track betting ``would be very bad'' for horse racing in Illinois.

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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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