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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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