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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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