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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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