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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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