Day in history for January 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council passed an ordinance providing for the official weighing of hay and coal and the measuring of wood sold in Market Square. John L. Bean was appointed city weigher and measurer.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Henrietta Jobe, a widow of Lt. W.F. Jobe, has been awarded a government pension. Her husband was a printer at The Argus both before and after the Civil War.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles was constituted with 140 members. J.H. Free is the first leader of the lodge.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Six hundred members attended a dinner program observing the 25th anniversary of Rock Island Aerie of Eagles.

1955 -- 50 years ago
An ultra-modern 2-story department store building will be erected at the northeast corner of 5th Avenue and 17th Street, Moline. The J.C. Penney Co. has signed a long-term lease for the 2-story structure to be erected on the Josephson property and will close its present store on 15th St. when the new building is ready for occupancy.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island woman has been chosen to serve on the Peoria regional committee for the 1980 White House Conference on Children. Marian McCart will represent the PTA at the monthly meetings of the committee.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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