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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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