Day in history for January 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Congressman Wentworth has obtained better mail service for us. It now will be possible to send mail daily to Moline, Hampton, Port Byron and Milan; four times a week to Pleasant Ridge; three times weekly to Cordova, and twice a week to all other places in this county.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Women's Relief Society maintains an industrial school at 2nd Avenue and 14th Street, Rock Island. Citizens have donated $180 in support of the school.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Friday evening a coal wagon was struck at the 15th Street crossing by one of Rock Island's big 1600 series of passenger engines, and almost demolished. The driver escaped by a miracle, being thrown from his wagon.

1929 -- 75 years ago
James E. Simmons, operator of a gasoline service station at 4139 18th Ave., Rock Island, was instantly killed when a 50-gallon tank of motor oil, which he was thawing with a blowtorch, exploded.

1954 -- 50 years ago
One of the greatest thrills of their 61 years of marriage occurred to Mr. and Mrs. Jonas A. Bergren of Bishop Hill when they received a personal letter of congratulations from Gov. and Mrs. William G. Stratton. The aged couple, both of whom are invalids, celebrated their 61st anniversary on Dec. 21.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island officials are considering East Moline's landfill near Hampton as an alternative to the city's garbage dilemma. The city is under orders from state anti-pollution officials to close its landfill by Oct. 15, because it may be polluting the Mississippi and Rock rivers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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