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: 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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