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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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