Day in history for January 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Minnesota Belle arrived at our levee from St. Paul yesterday and lay over last night before passing down. A steamboat in mid-winter is remarkable. The Minnesota Belle may be frozen in before it reaches St. Louis.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mine owners at Hampton and Rapids City are preparing to hire men from Kansas City to take the place of strikers.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Stockholders of the Carnival City Packet Company elected Captain W.A. Blair, Davenport, president.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Oliver P. Olson, former assistant postmaster in Rock Island, died at 77.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police today are seeking the owner of a fur coat, ''retrieved'' Wednesday afternoon by a dog. Howard P. ''Cub'' Buck, 1100 25th St., Rock Island, told police late Wednesday afternoon that his dog returned home with the coat. The coat has been turned over to the police department. So far no one has claimed the garment.

1980 -- 25 years ago
An aging population and growing acceptance of nontraditional lifestyles has set the Quad-Cities ''on the verge of a condo explosion,'' local developers say. In the past year, building of condominiums in the area has quadrupled, and more than 100 area families became condo owners.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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