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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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