Day in history for January 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
By resolution, Rock Island City Council has asked the Illinois legislature not to pass any bill that will impair this city's right to establish a ferry if it wishes to do so. The public is complaining that the ferry charter held by John Wilson constitutes a monopoly.

1879 -- 125 years ago
In January the overseer of the poor spent $259 of township money to care for 140 unemployed.

1904 -- 100 years ago
James H. Eckels, Chicago banker and former Washington official, will give the Lincoln Day banquet address at the Rock Island Club.

1929 -- 75 years ago
E.E. Scott has been named chairman of a financial campaign for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Bettendorf's planning and zoning commission is waiting to look at construction plans for a second span on the Bettendorf - Moline bridge before deciding on relocation of the city hall, according to C. Wesley Sones, chairman. While it is generally understood the present city building is in the path of the proposed bridge approach, Sones said definite word must be known.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Not only did the recent blizzard deal a severe blow to Moline's snow removal budget, it also cost the city's parking meter department about $9,000. Meter attendants have been inside ever since the blizzard that stormed through the Quad-Cities Jan. 13-14 chased them away from their rounds. The city usually takes in about $3,000 a week from the meters, and another $1,500 is collected weekly from parking tickets.

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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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