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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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