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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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