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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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