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: 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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