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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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