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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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