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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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