Day in history for January 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
B.J. Cobb and B.F. Barrett are the only regular licensed auctioneers for the city of Rock Island. They are also licensed for the county. M. Ferguson, Esq. of Camden, is also a licensed auctioneer for the county.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Hull And Barker have put up 700 tons of ice in their ice house on 2nd Avenue.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Fire starting from unknown cause at 8 o'clock yesterday morning worked $2,500 damage in the Rock Island House. There is scarcely a room that was not blackened by smoke.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Yesterday morning A.F. Carlquist, 1847 16th Ave., Moline, was prepared for winter with a bin well filled with coal. Last night he discovered that practically all of his coal supply had been stolen. Mr. Carlquist found a cellar window partly open.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Police sought without success to locate a dog which bit James Spurgetis, 6, of 1617 21st St., Rock Island, while the boy was going home from Audubon School. The boy was bitten on his left ankle.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Smoke from a small laundry fire forced the evacuation of about 45 prisoners from the Rock Island County Jail Tuesday afternoon. The evacuation was ordered after smoke alarms failed to work and fire doors were discovered left open. No prisoners were injured.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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