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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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