Day in history for January 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
There are several things Rock Island needs, and foremost is a first-class hotel. We recommend the city pay the Methodist church society for its church and the school district for its school house, situated in the square, and then donate or lease for a nominal sum the entire square to anyone who will build a hotel thereon.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Copies of the first issue of the Davenport Telegraph were being circulated in Rock Island. It is a weekly publication.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Le Voyage En Suisse,'' a pantomimic comedy, was enjoyed by a large crowd last evening at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Nineteen more families were made homeless by a fire that razed one of the historic Bishop Hill colony houses last night, forcing more than two score to flee in near zero weather.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island aldermen approved mutual aid civil defense pacts with Moline, East Moline, Silvis, Andalusia and Milan. Under the agreement, the cities will permit mutual use of civil defense equipment and personnel in the event of an enemy attack.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Dr. Michael A. Orfitelli, assistant professor of physical education at St. Ambrose College, has been nominated for inclusion in the 1978 edition of ``Outstanding Young Men of America,'' a publication recognizing exceptional young men between the ages of 21 and 36 years.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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