Day in history for January 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We are under obligations to Messrs. Colburn And Jackman, bakers, of Moline, for a large box of crackers, of every variety, manufactured at their establishment in Moline.

1879 -- 125 years ago
County relief was extended in December to 139 persons in 36 families. The largest amount to any one family was $13.80.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Colonel Alexander Mackanzie, who lived in Rock Island from 1881 to 1896, has been promoted to brigadier general and to the position of chief of engineers, United States Army.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dimock, Gould and Co. bought the offices and yards of the Mueller Lumber Company.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 19-year-old Bettendorf girl was prevented from leaping to her death from the Moline-Bettendorf suspension bridge about 7:30 p.m. Thursday by an unidentified motorist who saw her attempting to climb the bridge railing. He seized her, summoned a bridge guard, and she was taken to police headquarters in Bettendorf.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The weight of winter came to bear on Northland Mall, Sterling, Tuesday afternoon when some 800 square feet of roof caved in under a heavy accumulation of snow. No one was injured. Mall personnel had heard cracking and popping sounds around the roof section about 45 minutes before it fell, and cordoned off the area.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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