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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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