Day in history for January 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Hon. Winslow S. Pierce, late comptroller of California, arrived in town. He stops with his old friend Major Barrett, of the Rock Island House, for a few days.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A hoop skirt was seen on 2nd Avenue in Rock Island, it was on a lady, and the people all said how strange it looked.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A tank of gasoline nearly destroyed the washstand in the barber shop belonging to Frank Needham at 208 16th Street, Rock Island, and entailed a loss of nearly $25.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Quad-City Coca-Cola Bottling Works has leased the third floor of the Voss Building and will expand its operations.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Vernon E. Tyler, Rock Island, won the 1955 checkers tournament at the Tri-City Chess and Checkers Club, Davenport, and became the new Quad-City checkers champion. Tyler finished the daylong tournament with 10 wins, three draws and only one loss.

1980 -- 25 years ago
After all the discussion was over and the votes were counted, Eldon Fawks and his fellow conservationists were winners. By a 15-10 vote, Rock Island County Board members rejected a zoning change that would have permitted a 100-room motel on 13.9 acres next to the Oak Valley Eagle Refuge above Hampton.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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