Day in history for January 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The railroad tracks have been laid as far as Green River, east of Moline.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Friends of J. Frank Robinson, bank cashier, gave him a genuine surprise reception last evening. He has just returned from Europe.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Sarah L. Gregg, widow of Dr. Patrick Gregg, died today at 84 in her home, 2224 8th Ave. Her husband was Rock Island's first physician and he became the most prominent doctor in western Illinois.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Tri-City Railway Company is asking permission to use buses instead of street cars on the Milan line.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The doors to the Quad-City area's most modern hospital facility, the $2,100,000 addition to St. Anthony's Hospital, 30th Street and 8th Avenue, Rock Island, will be open to the public Sunday for the first time. An invitation to attend the open house to see the comforts, modern conveniences and beautiful interior decorating schemes has been extended to all residents of western Illinois and eastern Iowa by Mother Mary Bernard, the mother general, and Sister Mary Elizabeth, hospital administrator.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Customers may not get what they want to eat and drink as fast as they used to, after the closing of the second of two small restaurants in Prophetstown during the last six months. The loss of Chuck's Place, which closed last summer, and the Donut Shop, which closed the last day of the year, leaves only the Coffee Shop and the Pizza Pit to serve diners and snackers.

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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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