Day in history for January 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
There is a great scarcity of game in our market square. Quail, prairie chicken, turkey, rabbit and deer would sell quickly, if hunters would bring them in.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The finest and most select party of the year was given at the residence of S.H. Velie, Moline. Full dress was the rule.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John Scheuermann, dairy farmer in south Rock Island, found a note pinned to his gate post and commanding him to place $25 in a tin can at a certain point. Unless he did so, the blackmail note said, one of his fine cows would be killed.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Frank J. Budelier was elected president of the new Illinois-Iowa Auto Club.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Alleman High School, Catholic institution now in its fifth year of operation in Rock Island, will have its third head football coach in its short history next season. This was revealed today by Coach Joe Lucas, who said that he is leaving the school 'under the pressure'' generated by a losing grid season.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline's garbage has become a $100,000 factor in Rock Island's equation for a new landfill south of Milan. Moline has been paying $100,000 annually for several years to use Rock Island's existing landfill at 31st Ave. and Illinois 92, but is now seriously considering an offer to use East Moline's landfill near Hampton. The offer is attractive because East Moline's site might be closer than the Castle Junction site Rock Island officials are considering for their new landfill, saving Moline money in reduced hauling costs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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