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 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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