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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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