Day in history for October 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Chicagoans now can go to St. Louis in 16 hours by traveling over three railroads and from Alton by steamboat. The trip formerly required three days at least.

1878 -- 125 years ago
John L. Warner and a party of his hunting and fishing friends left today for Swan Lake in Iowa on a hunting expedition.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Governor Richard Yates will visit Rock Island next month. He is opposed in his campaign for re-election by the Frank O. Lowden forces.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Charles Evans Hughes, Republican candidate for president in 1916, passed through the Tri-Cities. He is on a tour in behalf of the presidential candidacy of Herbert Hoover.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Easy home laundry appliance dealers from western Illinois and eastern Iowa attended a meeting at the Fort Armstrong Hotel to get their first view of the new Easy fully automatic washer and automatic clothes dryer. The meeting was sponsored by Schneiderhahns, Inc., Easy distributors for this area.

1978 -- 25 years ago
City officials said they learned that the Interstate Commerce Commission has given the Rock Island Line permission to discontinue passenger train service between Rock Island and Chicago and Peoria and Chicago. The railroad is losing $1,700 per day on the two runs in spite of a $1 million annual subsidy from the state.

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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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