Day in history for January 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We are glad to notice that Mr. John H. Kinney has returned from New York. He has been elected secretary and treasurer of the gas company and entered upon the duties of his office on the 1st day of January.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A very neat and useful invention has been patented by Mr. Will Don of Rock Island. It is a blotter to take the place of the interleaved blotting paper used in hotel registers and other books. By an ingenious device it can be adapted to any sized book.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. J.N. Camp has removed her shoe shop from 1606 3rd Ave. to 1718 3rd Ave., across from McCabe's. Repairing promptly done.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Bounties of $10 each were paid on four wolf scalps by the county clerk during 1929.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Amoo Kid, mascot of Amoo Grotto, Rock Island, probably the best known goat in western Illinois, is dead. The goat, owned by Dr. R.J. Belyea, died at 12:03 p.m. Saturday in his barnyard home. The 12-year-old pet over exerted himself while romping in the snow with his barnyard pal, a horse.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Stephan and Joyce Verstraete, Moline, figure they pedaled about 4,000 miles in 1979, in cold weather and hot. The tandem touring team cycles after work. They are members of the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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