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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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