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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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