Day in history for January 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Billy Lee, Rock Island banker and legislator from this district, voted for a bill to allow free Negroes to testify in any court, if called as witnesses, but the bill was tabled, 37 to 31.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Ice has accumulated in such quantities in the Rock River as to force a shutdown of the Milan Paper Company. The huge cakes of ice damaged the dam.

1905 -- 100 years ago
C.J. Pedersen was presented with a past master's jewel on his retirement as worshipful master of Rock Island Lodge No. 658, Masons.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Many motorists today saw a man jump to his death from the government viaduct at 24th Street. The man who jumped during the 4 p.m. heavy traffic hour is unidentified.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A new and ultra-modern classroom for vocational agriculture students at the Hillsdale High School is included in the recently completed addition to the school. The classroom also includes laboratory facilities.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Marge and Harold Hellgren, and Arkie and Bob Fifer, formerly of Hampton, appeared on Lawrence Welk's New Year's Eve show. The former Hampton residents, all employees of Ametek Company, moved to Rancho, Calif., in August 1977, when the company closed its East Moline plant and relocated that plant in California.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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