Day in history for January 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island should have a large first class hotel. Our city has suffered more and has been retarded more in its growth for want of a commodius modern hotel than anything else.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Daniel Hoesli was named foreman of the Wide Awake Hook And Ladder Company, No. 2.

1903 -- 100 years ago
W.J. Kahlke was elected financial secretary and Dr. F.H. First treasurer of the First Baptist Church.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School basketball players defeated Cambridge High 23 to 22.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Bettendorf city council took action to double its land area. Aldermen passed a resolution to present an annexation measure to the voters which would extend the Bettendorf city limits northward to a line running parallel with the northern city limits of Davenport and eastward to the Devil's Glen Road.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Shoppers at Moline's City Line Plaza got a taste of what New Yorkers fear most, the blackout. But the 3:25 p.m. power failure which plunged the stores into blackness and silenced background music didn't halt the shoppers desires to buy. Scores of customers in Jewel Food Store stood momentarily still as the aisles went dark, then went right on with their shopping. When the lights came back a few minutes later, shoppers spotted a new hazard, the checkout lanes.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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