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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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