Day in history for January 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A Senate bill passed the Illinois House without comment granting A.J. Matteson the right to build a railroad bridge across the Mississippi River at Rock Island, to be completed within six years. That it is practical to build a bridge across the Mississippi is the opinion of a distinguished engineer, Mr. Elliott.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Gaskell, Homer Lowery, Charles W. O'Neil, DeForest Heath, Thomas Rodman and Spencer Gregg have been chosen floor managers for a charity ball to be held at the Harper House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
R.E. Lawer, Chicago, has succeeded E.H. Wey as steward of the Rock Island Club.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Edgar R. Applequist, Rock Island, an instructor in St. Paul's Indian Mission School, Marty, S.D., has been made a member of the Yankton tribe of Sioux.

1953 -- 50 years ago
There will be skating tomorrow at Riverside and Prospect Park lagoons if the temperature drops to the predicted 18 tonight. Yesterday's snow roughened the surfaces somewhat, but a freeze tonight will make the lagoons usable for skaters tomorrow.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Roger Jodts, Geneseo, was named one of the Illinois superior pork producers during award ceremonies at the Illinois Pork Producers Association annual convention in Peoria. Mr. Jodts, 32, and his father, Albert, have a partnership operation and farm about 300 acres.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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