Day in history for January 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
S.S. Guyer was appointed overseer of the poor by Sheriff Swander.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It was announced that 2,000 persons in Davenport have taken the temperance pledge.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Jacob M. Siegel, Rock Island, and Miss Lena Waxenburg of Omaha, Neb., were married.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The county WCTU will launch a membership drive coincident with the celebration of the eighth anniversary of national prohibition.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport painting contractors were issued a warning by Ralph C. Graham, city superintendent of construction, to refrain from painting over house numbers, a practice which has resulted in complaints from both police and fire officials. Some delay has been experienced in responding to emergency calls because house numbers have been covered.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The observations of some high school students here may shape a television series. Dan Wakefield, one of the creators of the weekly show ``James at 15'' sat in on classes and basically ``hung out'' recently at Geneseo High School. To make the shows more realistic in future episodes, Wakefield asked Geneseo students for their reactions to the show. Wakefield's trip from Los Angeles to Geneseo was a mixture of business and pleasure. He also visited with a friend, Michael Sheridan, a Geneseo High School English teacher.

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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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