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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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