Day in history for January 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Henderson County has refused to subscribe $100,000 in stock in the Warsaw and Rockford Rairoad. Rock Island County has purchased its quota of $100,000 worth of shares in the proposed railway.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Some Rock Island thermometers today read as low as 27 degrees below zero.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A contract for building a 3-story addition to the Rock Island Buggy Company, 16th St. and 1st Ave., was awarded Aaron Anderson. The extension will make the company the largest of its kind in the West.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Georgia Tech defeated California, 8-7, in the Rose Bowl. The Georgia team won because Roy Riegels, California center, became confused and ran 75yards in the wrong direction following a fumble.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Five Davenport youths have been turned over to Scott County juvenile authorities after reportedly admitting to Davenport police the theft of potato chips and candy from the Sta-Krisp Potato Chip factory at 1135 W. 7th St., Davenport. Detective Capt. Harold Thordsen reported that the arrests also led to the solution of two stolen bicycles that have been recovered and turned over to owners.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Quad-Cities temperatures plunged to an all-time low this morning, 27 degrees below zero. That tied a record set Jan. 5, 1884, and beat the previous record for this date, 19 below in 1887.

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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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