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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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