Day in history for January 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
New 1-cent pieces will be issued from the mint in the next few days. They will be brighter than the old penny. On one side is the head of Liberty.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Dr. S.C. Plummer performed a delicate operation on John W. Palmer of Zuma, wiring together the fractured parts of his lower jaw.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Club is forwarding resolutions to congressmen urging appropriations to complete the Hennepin Canal.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The smallpox situation is clearing in Rock Island. Only nine persons still are quarantined.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A tragic fire claimed two lives at the Huber Memorial Home, west of 30th Street and near 9th Avenue, Rock Island. Heroic rescue work and rapid extinguishing of the estimated $30,000 blaze prevented more deaths. Five nuns of the Franciscan order and 10 elderly residents were in the convalescent home when the blaze was discovered.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Two Davenport youths, Ronda Warren, 12, and Lee Travis, 14, have dreams of entering the next Olympic competition in roller skating. They hope to enter international and American dance if roller skating is added to the Olympics. They practice skating almost daily at the Kimberly Pines Skating Center in Davenport.

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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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