Day in history for January 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Dr. J. Grimes has moved his dentistry office from Geneva to Rock Island. We have long needed a good dentist here.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Dixon's tailoring store on 2nd Avenue near 18th Street Rock Island, was partly burned this morning. Mr. Dixon believes burglars started the fire to cover their crime.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island's first ``skyscraper,'' the 4-story Buford building erected in 1854, has been condemned as no longer safe. Fire Chief Charles Hastings also recommended that the 50-year-old Commercial Hotel should be torn down.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High defeated Davenport, 31-26, in basketball and led the Tri-City conference for the first time in three seasons.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Plans for further major development of Sunset Park, Rock Island, will be postponed until they can be interlinked with a proposed master plan for the city of Rock Island. Atty. Edward W. Schoede, president of the Rock Island Park Board, revealed that it is the intention of the park board to hold a public hearing, after adoption of the master plan, so that Rock Island citizens may express their views on the recreational uses of the park.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Burglars took $6,500 worth of tools Wednesday or Thursday from a Rock Island oil company. Officials of the AA Waste Oil Service, 1800 78th Ave. West, said the burglars also took a television and two tires. The incident occurred sometime between midnight Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday.

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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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