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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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