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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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