Day in history for January 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Receipts of pork the past two weeks have been heavy. Prices paid by Rock Island pork packers range from $3 to $3.75 per hundred pounds, heavy hogs bringing the latter figure.

1879 -- 125 years ago
John Clarke, 85, one of the oldest settlers in the county, died on the farm in Rural township which he bought in 1849.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The McCabe Department Store has installed electric cables over which small cars carrying cash will be sent to the cashier's station.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A special train made a fast run from Chicago to operate on the Rev. C.P. O'Neill, rector of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Bachelor days for ``Bambi,'' the Rock Island Arsenal buck deer, are just about over. The deer, weaned and reared from a fawn by doting Rock Island Arsenal personnel, was handed over, with some reluctance to officials of Loud Thunder forest preserve. The transition from his Arsenal home to the forest preserve was felt necessary by his caretakers, since Bambi's at the age when he should be taking on the responsibilities of family life.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Despite plugged alleys, snowy side streets and long waits for snow plows, residents and merchants from a cross section of Moline and East Moline neighborhoods told The Dispatch snow removal crews are doing as good a job as can be expected. Both cities agree that their equipment isn't tough enough to easily handle 28 inches of snow.

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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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