Day in history for January 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The citizens of Rock Island and vicinity are requested to meet at the courthouse next Saturday evening to devise a plan and adopt measures for erection of a hotel, which for size and accommodations, shall be worthy of our rapidly increasing city.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The temperature registered at the Argus thermometer at 7 o'clock this morning was 36 degrees above zero.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was announced a new enterprise, the Joseph Rosenfield Skirt Company, will be operated in connection with the Rock Island Regalia Company.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High cagers defeated Savanna 23 to 19 for their first victory on Savanna's court since start of rivalry between the two schools.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Eddie McCreight, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert McCreight, Aledo, who has been on duty in Korea for much of the time the past three years, was one of the Navy men who appeared on a recent television show illustrating the subject, ``This is Korea.'' He is one of five sons of the McCreights who have been in extensive Army or Navy service.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Kathy Sha-boom, the elephant whose annual birthday parties draw hundreds of children to Niabi Zoo, is going to lose part of her ears and tail. The 13-year-old favorite of area children wandered outside on a cold night in mid-December and ended up with a bad case of frostbite.

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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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