Day in history for January 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The track is laid on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad nearly to Rock River. A want of engines to haul iron has slightly impeded the progress of the work.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The brick work on the Rodman Rifles Armory and city hall will be completed in two weeks if the weather continues good.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Prof. Frederick Starr, of Chicago University, and well known in the Tri-Cities, has been sent on an errand of an unusual nature to the northern-most island of the Japanese group. He will secure some of the Ainus, or ''hairy people,'' for exhibition purposes at the St. Louis World's Fair.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Judge George D. Long has increased the fines he assesses in county court against persons found guilty of selling liquor. Three defendents this week have been fined $800 each.

1954 -- 50 years ago
''One hundred years have rolled by since the first wagon was built on the site of our present Wagon Works Plant No. 1,'' said A.S. Gale, plant manager, at the John Deere Wagon Works annual service recognition dinner in the LeClaire Hotel. Gale briefly reviewed the history of the plant, then presented pins and awards. Rock Island Mayor Carl F. Bauer rolled up 49 years of service before retiring last Dec. 1.

1979 -- 25 years ago
January, 1979, now has the dubious distinction of being the snowiest month ever in the Quad-Cities. And, unless some unseasonably warm weather comes in the next week, January 1979 also will be the coldest on record.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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