Day in history for January 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
In 13 years, Chicago has grown from 4,800 to 61,000 population.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Paper Company started its new mill at Milan yesterday, but the water wheels soon had to be stopped because of the litigation about riparian rights in that part of Rock River.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A gang of Chicago robbers who was planning a series of Rock Island crimes was broken up when police arrested seven men in the nest of thieves on 4th Ave.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The temperature fell to 11 degrees below zero today, the coldest in two years in the Quad-Cities.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Space travel is not only possible, but probable, in the not too distant future, Donald L. Meyers, chief of the rocket launcher branch of the engineering division at the Rock Island Arsenal, told Moline Rotarians, Monday noon. Speaking on the topic, 'Possibilities of Space Travel,'' Meyers estimated that rocket ship trips to the moon will be made within 30 to 40 years.

1979 -- 25 years ago
It took more than two years and a bench trial, but Bernadine Kaufman of Moline triumphed today in the case of a youth who hit her in the face with a snowball. 'I'm very glad,'' Mrs. Kaufman said after Judge David DeDoncker found the 15-year-old youth guilty of disorderly conduct and fined him $5.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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