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 Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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