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 large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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