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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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