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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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