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: 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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