Day in history for January 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
John Deere intends to employ 40 hands and make 4,000 to 4,500 plows in 1854. He made 3,000 in 1853.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A gang of hoodlum boys who have been making nuisances of themselves around the Rock Island Glass Works were arrested and fined today.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Joseph Rosenfield, president of the People's National Bank of Rock Island, died in Los Angeles, where he and his wife were spending the winter. He came to Rock Island in 1856 and prospered in the leather business, supplying materials to boot and shoe makers of the country.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Bricklayers will ask an increase from $1.375 an hour to an even $1.50.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rodney Brodie, a survivor of the famous Brodie Siamese twin operation, made his first return visit to his birthplace, St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island, at 6 p.m. Saturday while enroute with his parents to the University of Illinois Research Hospital, Chicago, after spending his first ``vacation'' at his parents home in Ferris, Ill. Rodney was released from Illinois Research Hospital two weeks ago so that he might spend the holiday season with his parents.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The tentative selection of a site is bringing Milan residents dreams of a swimming pool a little closer to reality. Milan Village Administrator Steve Seiver plans to ask the Rock Island School Board to consider selling or leasing the village a patch of school district- owned land for a new pool. ``We feel the site at South 4th Street and Bruce Avenue probably would be best suited,'' Seiver said.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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