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 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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