Day in history for January 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Buildings are soon to be erected in the 1st Ward in Rock Island for a manufactory for a new kind of mower and reaper.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The charity ball last night at the Harper House was the event of the season. Ticket holders numbered 150. The supper was a very elegant affair. The ladies costumes included every material from calico to unbleached muslin. The proceeds totaled $600.

1903 -- 100 years ago
As a result of his recent indictment by the grand jury, James Darnell, Rock Island chief of police, has resigned from office.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Democrats of Rock Island will meet tomorrow night at the Harms Hotel to line up candidates for the municipal primary. The meeting has been called by Ben F. Somerson, city Democratic committee chairman.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Plans for addition of eight classrooms to Alleman High School were announced today. The new rooms will give the Rock Island Catholic high school a capacity of between 1,100 and 1,200 students. Estimated cost of the project is $140,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
After twice threatening to discontinue cab service in Moline, Robert Nourse, owner of Hart Cab Co., finally has what he wants, higher rates and smaller discounts. The rate package must be approved by the full council next week before it can be implemented.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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