Day in history for January 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The warm weather has nearly destroyed our ice bridge across the Mississippi River. Teams cannot cross and we think it unsafe for persons on foot.

1878 -- 125 years ago
James A. Dwight, a leading manufacturer from Fort Wayne, Ind., was registered last night at the Harper House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
David Lyons, county treasurer, has posted a bond in the amount of $300,000.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Allocation of space for the Rock Island auto show and industrial exposition next month at the Boone Building, 5th Ave. and 13th St., has begun.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fire of undetermined origin gutted the Milan Maidrite Restaurant, 218 W. 1st St., Milan, early this morning. A Milan fireman estimated a total loss of about $5,000 to the building and furnishings.

1978 -- 25 years ago
John Mordhorst, 27, and Mike Mobley, 30, of Rock Island, knew nothing of a fallen satellite when they spotted a scorched crater and a lump of gnarled metal on the tundra of northern Canada. When they returned to their desolate arctic camp with news of the strange discovery, their year-long sojourn in the wilderness was broken. They had found the wreckage of Cosmos-954, a spy satellite, fueled by 100 pounds of uranium, that fell out of its orbit last week and set off a joint U.S.-Canadian search for radioactive debris.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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