Day in history for January 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mr. H. Hovey is in town demonstrating Jones' typographer (typewriter). The machine no doubt would be a source of amusement, as well of instruction, in any family. It can print a letter faster than most people can write one.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The prayer meetings at all the churches are well attended.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The pauper house which has been built at the county infirmary, Coal Valley, at a cost of $20,000 will be dedicated Feb. 2.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Six boys and girls were injured when two bobsleds on which they were coasting in Davenport collided at high speed.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal and the Quad-Cities are being considered as the possible site of a Nike guided missile launching base for anti-aircraft defense. This area is one of the critical target sectors designated by civil defense officials as those most likely to be hit in any big-scale enemy air action. This fact, plus news dispatches from Washington to the effect that the Army will locate Nike bases at 35 sites in the northern part of the United States, probably is the basis the for the rumors locally.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A drive to collect $1.5 million for Alleman High School passed its halfway point in six weeks. A total of $788,314 has been collected. The campaign, launched Nov. 20, seeks to raise $300,000 to erect a physical education and recreation center on the campus, plus an additional $1.2 million for a permanent endowment fund.

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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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