Day in history for January 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Governor Joel Matteson has called a special session of the legislature to act on amending the school law to provide for free public schools.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Grown people have taken to coasting just like children. The editor saw six prominent businessmen and their wives bob-sledding last night on 20th Street hill.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Because a Bridge line street car was crowded, Edward Roche rode outside the vestibule, hanging on the door handle. As the car turned from the viaduct at the Rock Island end, he was crushed against the bridge fence and seriously injured.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Kellogg Peace Treaty outlawing war was ratified in the United States Senate by a vote of 85 to 1.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's need for additional off-street parking, as well as a recommended rejuvenation of the city's retail businesses, will be aired in a joint city-civic meeting tentatively scheduled for Jan. 20. The meeting was called by Mayor Carl F. Bauer upon receipt of an extensive off-street parking survey report from the Metropolitan Planners, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind. Basically, the report showed the city short a minimum of 1,645 parking spaces.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The cavalry came to the rescue of travelers pinned down by heavy snows on Ill. 5 near here Saturday, as troops from the National Guard used trucks and tracked personnel carriers to collect stranded drivers and their passengers. The travelers said snow on the highway was two or three feet deep by midday, making travel impossible.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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