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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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