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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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