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: 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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