Day in history for January 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
It is a rare occurence when enough snow falls in this region to make sleighing, but now those who would go a-sleighing can find enough ice on the river for it.

1879 -- 125 years ago
W.T. Norris, who came to Rock Island in 1841 and engaged in the drug and grocery trade, died in San Jose, Calif., where he moved in 1875 for his health.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Prince Tarkanor, Russian scientist, said he had cured cancer by the use of radium. He predicted that war could be revolutionized if radium can be developed into explosives.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Edgar F. Olson, cashier of a Chicago bank, was wounded in a gun battle as three bandits held up his bank. Olson is a former resident of Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County forest preserve commission voted to spend $20,000 for a 110-acre addition to Loud Thunder forest preserve. Members of the county board of supervisors who comprise the commission authorized the purchase from William and Sarah Marple, who live next to the preserve site, west of Andalusia.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The building was going to be raised anyway, but fire pushed the old Tri-City Packing Co. building in Silvis closer to the ground. Twenty-five Silvis volunteer firefighters battled the blaze for about five hours. Silvis Fire Chief Bob Leibovitz said that the 75-year-old building had been the victim of vandals since it was vacated about 14 months ago.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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