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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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