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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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