Day in history for January 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At an oyster supper given by the Ladies Sewing Circle of Moline in S.H. White's new store, some of the pioneer men present competed with each other in recalling the many changes which have taken place since they came 15 to 20 years ago. These are now populous cities.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Field Brothers, regarded as the strongest general store in Rock Island, is the third such store to fall within two weeks. Field's trouble resulted from their being forced to carry over large stocks of goods, which shrank in value.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Undeterred by an estimated cost of $300,000, interested property owners have filed a petition in Cambridge court to straighten Green River, which will drain large tracts and bring thousands of Henry County acres into cultivation.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Deere And Co. common stock reached a new high of $600 a share on Wall Street.

1954 -- 50 years ago
New Year's Eve pranksters blew up a mail box and a milk delivery compartment at two Moline residences. Police said they found fragments of a large firecracker at the Elmer H. Engstrom residence, 1305 25th Ave. It was assumed the same sort of explosive was used at the Milton H. McBride residence, 1321 24th Ave.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rudy L. Bracher, who was a prime force in developing the Boys Scouts of America in Moline and served as the executive of Moline Area Council of Boy Scouts for 37 years, died at the home of his son Bernie in El Paso, Texas, this morning after a brief illness. He was 87. Bracher was credited with influencing more boys than any other man in the area. Beside his long tenure with the Scouts, he founded and served on the board of directors of Arrowhead Ranch.

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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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