Day in history for January 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
When his horse became frightened and unmanageable, railroad contractor John Warner jumped from his buggy, fracturing several small bones in his right ankle. It may be months before he will be able to attend to business on the site again.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Moline and Rock Island firemen fought a blaze for four hours yesterday at the Moline Paper Company and saved the nearby Deere and Company factories. It was the first fire since waterworks hydrants were installed in the factory street and their value was demonstrated.

1904 -- 100 years ago
After Jan. 1, 1904 women cannot wear birds on their hats, through an agreement between the millinery jobbers of the west and the Audubon Society.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Experimental television was ordered off regular radio broadcast bands and into the short-wave spectrum.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Thieves stole a new truck from Morrow Motor Company, 1727 3rd Ave., Moline, Sunday night, drove it about two blocks away and stripped it of two tires and wheels, valued at $300. Lug nuts on the other two wheels were loosened and police believe the thieves were frightened away before they could remove them.

1979 -- 25 years ago
State inspectors have told East Moline officials they must either heat the facility where they hold stray dogs or close it. City officials say the present facility, a metal shed at 10th Street and 14th Avenue, isn't really a dog pound, since strays are only held overnight before being picked up by the county. So, they say, it doesn't have to meet state standards.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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