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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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