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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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