Day in history for February 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Johns will please accept our thanks for a beautiful copy of the Vermont Autograph and Remarker.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ben Harper has announced that work on the new opera house will be started as soon as the weather permits.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The report was denied that the liquor dealers association would assume the cost of defending indicted saloon keepers.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Dr. C.E. Robb, Rock Island, president, and all other officers of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association were re-elected.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Officials today counted $325,000 in losses from yesterday's raging fire which destroyed the Elks Club building in Monmouth. Faulty wiring was blamed for the blaze. It was the third major fire in Monmouth in five months. Others were the $2,500,000 blaze, which destroyed the Gamble warehouse Sept. 6, and the $50,000 fire at the Wells grain elevator Dec. 8.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Union meatcutters at 34 Eagle supermarkets in Iowa and Illinois went on strike yesterday, demanding a 39.2 percent hike in wages and benefits. Eagle officials say they have offered about a 24 percent hike in wages and benefits. Union officials declined comment on ther specific wage and benefit demands, saying only that they want the same percentage increase granted their Chicago counterparts.

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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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