Day in history for January 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Agriculture Society prefers Springfield as the site for the 1854 state fair and is willing to accept only $1,000 if Sprinfield will bid. Any other city which might want the fair must bid $3,000.

1879 -- 125 years ago
On Saturday 1,660 sleighs and wagons crossed on the ice.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Jonas Bear, wife of the pioneer clothing merchant of Rock Island, died in her home at 605 18th St.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Jack Story, 24-year-old mail pilot, leaped by parachute from his plane in a blinding snowstorm and landed safely in north Davenport.

1954 -- 50 years ago
During 1953, Rock Island gained 400 new telephones and 2,900 miles of wire in cable, H.J. Osborne, manager of the Rock Island office of the Illinois Bell Telephone Co., said today. In addition, a large amount of new dial equipment to provide for future growth also was put into service early in 1953. It increased Rock Island's telephone capacity by 703.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Reinhold Kirschenmann of East Moline has history in his sight. It might even be said he's watching the world go by. Kirschenmann collects eyeglasses. He has about 300 on display in his office at Moody Optical Co., where he is co-owner with George Woeber. Kirschenmann also collects small optical tools. Kirschenmann's collection includes some turn-of-the-century frames, first made by blacksmiths and later by silversmiths.

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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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