Day in history for January 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Readers are asked to petition the postmaster general to discontinue dropping off mail for Rock Island at Moline. Since the stagecoaches from Galena and Dixon run to Rock Island, there is no reason why Rock Island mail should be unloaded at Moline and be transferred to local hacks.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Montgonery Meigs was elected president of the Rock Island Athletic Club.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A YMCA orchestra was formally organized last night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Earl C. Dean announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for alderman of the Second Ward.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Henry H. Kuehl, 90, of 1424 12th St., Moline, well-known retired insurance agent, real estate dealer, notary public and rental agent, who planted Moline's original elm tree at the above address, died today in his home after a brief illness. It is reported 7,000 elm trees have come from the Kuehl tree.

1980 -- 25 years ago
It's hard to know the feeling of a Super Bowl champion. But at age 10, Jeff Skillett of Silvis has come as close as you can without being on the victorious team. Before a national television audience Sunday, Skillett won his age division of Ford's Punt, Pass and Kick contest in the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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