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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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