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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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