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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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