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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