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: 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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