Day in history for January 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council has adopted an ordinance which prohibits hallooing, shouting, bawling, screaming, profane or obscene language, fighting, dancing, singing, whooping or quarreling, or any other unusual noises or sounds in his or her home in such a manner as to disturb people of the neighborhood or those passing through the streets.

1878 -- 125 years ago
M.D. Hauberg was elected president of the Rock Island County Agriculture Association of Coe and Canoe Creek Townships.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Charles Engel, almost 83, pioneer citizen of Rock Island, succumbed. He was a Civil War veteran.

1928 -- 75 years ago
City Attorney R.R. Reynolds has taken a leave of absence because of ill health and has named Attorney Ben T. Reidy to serve in his place.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The settlement of the AFL-bus drivers strike against the Rock Island-Moline City Lines after a stoppage of 146 days marks the end of the longest work stoppage in the history of the Quad-Cities.

1978 -- 25 years ago
``Happy Joe'' Whitty, founder and president of Happy Joe's Pizza And Ice Cream Parlor, Inc., announced the formation of an Egyptian joint venture to own, operate and franchise Happy Joe's Pizza And Ice Cream Parlors in eight countries of the Middle East (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Sunda, Libya, Morocco, Iraq, and Jordan).

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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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