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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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