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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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