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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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