Day in history for January 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The track is laid on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad nearly to Rock River. A want of engines to haul iron has slightly impeded the progress of the work.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The brick work on the Rodman Rifles Armory and city hall will be completed in two weeks if the weather continues good.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Prof. Frederick Starr, of Chicago University, and well known in the Tri-Cities, has been sent on an errand of an unusual nature to the northern-most island of the Japanese group. He will secure some of the Ainus, or ''hairy people,'' for exhibition purposes at the St. Louis World's Fair.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Judge George D. Long has increased the fines he assesses in county court against persons found guilty of selling liquor. Three defendents this week have been fined $800 each.

1954 -- 50 years ago
''One hundred years have rolled by since the first wagon was built on the site of our present Wagon Works Plant No. 1,'' said A.S. Gale, plant manager, at the John Deere Wagon Works annual service recognition dinner in the LeClaire Hotel. Gale briefly reviewed the history of the plant, then presented pins and awards. Rock Island Mayor Carl F. Bauer rolled up 49 years of service before retiring last Dec. 1.

1979 -- 25 years ago
January, 1979, now has the dubious distinction of being the snowiest month ever in the Quad-Cities. And, unless some unseasonably warm weather comes in the next week, January 1979 also will be the coldest on record.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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