Day in history for April 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A report was received that lead has been discovered in Wisconsin near the headwaters of the Waupacca and Plover rivers.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Langler, agent of the Keokuk Northern Line, received his steamer tickets and passenger tariffs today. The fare to St. Paul, including stateroom, but without meals, is $6. The fare to St. Louis is $4.25. Deck passage to St. Paul is $4.50, and to St. Louis, $3.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a front page story telling how Speaker Miller's ruling on the Lindley bill aroused a storm of protest. He was driven from his chair, and Representative Allen was elected speaker pro tem. Lawrence V. Sherman addressed the house, holding that the speaker's abdication did not render the session unconstitutional and that 97 members made a constitutional majority.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A conference of railroad representatives to decide switching charges into and out of Rock Island river rail terminal was asked by Inland Waterways Corp.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Christine Ijams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ijams and a sophomore in Cambridge High School, was named one of three winners of the conservation scholarship contest sponsored by the 15th district Federated Woman's Clubs.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A shortage of parts forced International Harvester to suspend Farmall tractor assembly operations, leaving 1,250 employees out of work.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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