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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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