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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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