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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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