Day in history for January 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Friday evening last, Mr. Wheelock of the ferry was returning from the Iowa side of the river with a load of hay when his horses broke through the ice and were drowned. They were probably the best pair of horses in town.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It was announced that a new weekly, The Milan Journal, would soon appear.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Man to Man'' was the attraction last night at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Two youths, believed in search of narcotics, ransacked the home of Dr. Ralph Dart, Rock Island, and knocked his maid unconscious.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A $29,000,000 atomic energy explosives processing and assembly plant will be built on the site of the former Camp Ellis, 18 miles east of Macomb, Ill. This was announced by the atomic energy commission through the office of Congressman Robert B. Chiperfield of the 19th Illinois district. Construction of the project, to be known as the Spoon River plant, will start early in the spring.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Deere And Co. and International Harvester will square off in a patent infringement lawsuit that promises a rare glimpse into the complex closed-door world of farm machinery competition and development. Deere filed the lawsuit April 28, 1976, charging that IH, with its 800 Series Corn Head, infringed on two patents incorporated in Deere's 40 Series Corn Head.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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