Day in history for January 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A bill has been introduced in the Illinois legislature to give Rock Island City Council exclusive jurisdiction over all ferries within the corporate limits. The ferry controversy now absorbs the attention of people here to the exclusion of all other public questions.

1880 -- 125 years ago
D.M. Martin has sent The Argus the claw of a horned owl he killed. The owl measured 5 feet 3 inches, tip to tip.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Albert Harper, 68, Rock Island, died from the effects of an accident while he was fishing in Rock River. Born in slavery, he ran away from his master and became a drummer boy with the Union Army during the Civil War.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Dr. G.A. Brandelle of Rock Island was elected president of the National Lutheran Council.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A 51-year-old Davenport transient apparently is none the worse for wear today after drinking hair tonic with a vinegar mix and then sleeping in a parked car in freezing temperatures.

1980 -- 25 years ago
East Moline water workers are baffled trying to find a pipe they think has been leaking 20,000 to 30,000 gallons of water an hour for the last 13 days. More than 6.2 million gallons has disappeared from the city's water lines in those 13 days.

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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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