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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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