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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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