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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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