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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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