Day in history for January 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A.F. Curtis was appointed deputy sheriff of Rock Island County, replacing C.B. Knox, who resigned.

1878 -- 125 years ago
W.W. Goodman was named foreman of the Fourth Ward Hose Company.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The ``Counterfeiters'' was the attraction at the Illinois Theater last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Justice Floyd E. Thompson was introduced at the Jackson dinner as the ``next governor'' of Illinois.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The citizens advisory committee to the Moline Board of Education came to grips with the selection of a site for the proposed new high school, but delayed identification pending investigation of cost and other related factors. Six sites are under consideration, according to information disclosed at the meeting.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Circuit Judge L.E. Ellison gave attorneys 10 days to file written briefs after listening to final testimony in a court fight over the pastorship of East Moline's Prayer and Faith Mission Church. Judge Ellison promised an early ruling on an injunction issue that will decide whether Rev. Wade Branch or Rev. Verne Teague has a legal right to be spiritual leader of the small 30-member church congregation. Teague seeks a court order that would permanently restrain Rev. Branch from interfering with activities of the church located at 730 13th St., East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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