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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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