Day in history for January 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council has adopted an ordinance setting a fine of $5 for any person who permits any horse or other beast of burden, or vehicle of any kind, on any sidewalk in the city.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Lew Benedict's minstrels gave a performance last evening at Dart's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that Postmaster Thomas has been granted permission to establish two sub-stations in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Fred A. Berglund was elected president of the Merchant's Credit Association of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Once a showplace for steam-engine repair of the Rock Island Lines in Silvis, the roundhouse which was erected in 1903, one year before the Silvis Shops were constructed, will be torn down next month. The 96-foot turntable includes 40 engine stalls. The railroad replaced all steam engines with diesel units Nov. 1.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Whiteside and Henry Counties are still digging out from the snowfall and the 50 m.p.h. winds that swept the area last week, leaving snowdrifts 9 and 10 feet deep. Whiteside County highway superintendent James Schoenhard said two county roads still have 9 foot snow drifts limiting travel to one-lane traffic. He said so much snow has accumulated in the county that ``there's no place to put it anymore.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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