Day in history for January 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rails have been laid on the Chicago And Rock Island to the new Rock River railway bridge, 12 miles east of Rock Island. The first cars will reach Rock Island in perhaps three weeks.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Gracie Crampton, 12, had her right limb broken just below the knee last night while she was coasting in company with her mother, sister and several clerks from Crampton's Book Store.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A coroner's jury investigating the 600 deaths in the Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago ordered Mayor Carter Harrison and three other city officials held for grand jury investigation. City officials and theater managers are charged with negligence and incompetence.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Carl H. Schubert, 29, of Rock Island, was fatally hurt when he fell from a sled while coasting.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Scott County Conservation Officer Charles Adamson has a new job today, playing 'ring around the rosie'' with elusive squirrels who are finding a haven of warmth in Davenport chimneys. Seems that the squirrel, long known for its agility, has slipped, in Davenport at least, and a number of them have found themselves trapped in chimneys. Adamson recently has turned chimney sweep on four different occasions.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Sisters Christine and Janice Schwartz of Rock Island won state championships in the Illinois State Speed Skating Championships in Glen Ellyn. Another sister, Terese, was fourth in the overall junior class standings.

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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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