Day in history for January 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
What now constitutes the States of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, having twenty-three Representatives and six Senators in Congress, was not many years ago one Congressional District; and the delegate who then represented all this territory is yet living.

1878 -- 125 years ago
George Skinner, formerly of Rock Island, is being considered for general manager of the Canadian Southern Railway. He is former general superintendent of the Rockford, Rock Island And St. Louis Railroad.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Another case of smallpox has been reported to authorities.

1928 -- 75 years ago
F.J. Budelier was elected president of the Rock Island Fire And Casualty Insurance Board.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Moline Public Hospital building program is being moved ahead of schedule in view of an offer from the Federal Public Health Service to provide a $500,000 grant of defense funds. Announcement of the offer was made by Mayor Paul C. Johnson of Moline and Edmond M. Cook, president of the hospital board of directors.

1978 -- 25 years ago
To meter or not to meter (water) was the $125,000 question raised by Green Rock aldermen at Tuesday's council meeting. City engineer Hank Mayer, while reporting possible costs for test hole borings for a second well, advised against the well and suggested instead the unpopular method of water conservation, meters.

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