Day in history for January 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Although the last legislature granted a syndicate of men a charter for a plank road between Rock Island and Moline, no move has been made to start building this public necessity. Plank tracks in the road would make possible hourly stagecoaches between the towns.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A number of English sparrows were observed at 18th Street and 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, today. They are new birds here.

1904 -- 100 years ago
David Finley, Sr., for half a century a resident of Andalusia and vicinity, died as a result of a fall on an icy walk, which fractured his hip.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Police were instructed, because of recent accidents, to enforce an ordinance forbidding coasting on streets and sidewalks.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Three-month-old Maria Therese, the youngest baby ever to be brought over from Europe all by herself, arrived in New York from Trieste, Italy, under the auspices of the Catholic Committee for Refugees. She was taken to the New York Foundling Home to wait for a representative of Davenport Catholic Charities.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Thousands of spectators expected for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., will find transportation easier thanks to a contract with Deere and Co. to provide snow blowers and snowmobiles. In its first contract with the Olympic Committee, Deere and Co. will be the official supplier of snow-removal equipment and construction equipment.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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