Day in history for January 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
L.M. Webber has been improving his store until it is the most beautiful store in Rock Island. He started on Monday for New York to buy goods for the spring trade.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Boyer always are doing the handsome thing by the Baptist church. Their latest donation is a parsonage. The church already had received $7,000 from them.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The rear portion of the Mitchell And Lynde bank building will be remodeled. That part of the building in the past has housed the post office, the express office and the city library.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Clement P. O'Neill, for 15 years rector of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, died following an operation.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The trials and tribulations of raising mink were described by Rollo Clason, operator of a mink ranch on the Knoxville Road south of Milan, in a speech to the Exchange Club at Glenn Moore's Tap in Moline. Last December, Clason marketed more than a thousand pelts, averaging about $30 a pelt for his product.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A caravan of about 250 tractors and American Agriculture Movement vehicles is expected to arrive in the Quad-Cities as it winds its way slowly toward the nation's capital. The group hopes to persuade legislatures to support higher farm prices. AAM officials say they will stay tonight at the K-Mart parking lot in Iowa City and if the weather holds, spend Tuesday night somewhere around John Deere in the Quad-Cities.

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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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