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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