Day in history for January 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A bill has been introduced in Congress to pay each member $2,000 salary per annum. It also provides that $10 shall be deducted for each days absence.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It was noted in the Argus that 15 divorce cases in Davenport were ready for trial.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The first car of the John Peaslee Shoe Company, now engaged in removing from Rock Island to Pontiac, Ill., was shipped last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Simeon B. Stoddard, Rock Island, retired from his duties as joint agent for the Milwaukee and the Davenport, Rock Island and Northwestern Railroads. W.E. Biggs, Moline, was named as his successor.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Roger Lee and Rodney Dee Brodie, born joined at the top of the skull, were separated last Dec. 17 in an operation that made medical history. The entire bill is being footed by the University of Illinois research and educational hospitals in the interest of humanity and medical research. The twins were born Sept. 16, 1951, in St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A young red-tailed hawk, shot and left for dead along John Deere Road, is alive and well today at Niabi Zoo because of the kindness of several Quad-Cities area residents. George Milburn of Green Rock took the bird to a Rock Island veterinarian who removed 18 shotgun pellets from the hawk's body.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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