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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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