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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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