Day in history for January 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A.H. Taylor has purchased and fitted up the daugerrean (tintype photographic) rooms formerly occupied by Mrs. Frost. Gentlemanly and modest, he seeks to make his way solely on the merits of his artistic work.

1880 -- 125 years ago
T.J. Robinson was elected president of the Rock Island National Bank. F.C.A. Denkmann was named president of Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Company.

1905 -- 100 years ago
''Mother'' Jones, lecturing at the Rock Island YMCA, recommended socialism as the remedy for the ills of the United States.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island professional baseball team may have the use of Douglas Park for the next two years without paying rent.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The All-America city flag, emblematic of the national honor bestowed on Rock Island, will be presented to Mayor Carl F. Bauer and the city at 1 p.m. by Atty. Isador I. Katz, co-chairman of the Citizens for Good Government, Inc., sponsors of Rock Island's entry in the All-America city contest.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Students at Willard School, Moline, are celebrating a birthday today, the 80th anniversary of the school's opening. For the youngsters filling the old school's classrooms, it meant a historical briefing and cake baked in the shape of the school.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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