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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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