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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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