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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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