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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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