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: 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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