Day in history for January 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The sleighing is very fine in this vicinity now. There are plenty of snow, sleighs and bells. The Mississippi is clear and there are good horses, plenty of furs and a town full of charming girls.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Among the old settlers who died during 1877 were Jonas Sparks, James Copp, John Siegrist, William D. Hatten, Mrs. Eliza Augustus, and George W. Harris, all of Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
J.B. Brown was installed as chief patriarch of Rock Island encampment No. 12, Odd Fellows, last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Seventeen liquor prohibition cases again were sent to the circuit court on changes of venue.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline Public Hospital treated 14,655 patients during 1952, an increase of 4 percent over 1951, the hospital's annual report shows. Babies born totaled 1,492, an increase of 3 percent over the previous year. Emergencies were up 3 percent and 1,484 patients were cared for.

1978 -- 25 years ago
East Moline residents accustomed to driving snowmobiles on city streets will have to pursue the sport elsewhere under an ordinance expected to be approved by the city council. The ordinance, suggested by the public-safety committee, limits the operation of snowmobiles to private property and a specially-designated area near the East Moline landfill.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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