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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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