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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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