Day in history for January 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Our citizens were treated last evening to a fine serenade by the Moline band, which marched over to parade and play in Rock Island.

1879 -- 125 years ago
John B. Hawley of Rock Island, assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, told the president's cabinet today that resumption of silver payments will bring a return of prosperity to the country.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Harry O. Ross, 21, of Davenport, is the latest person to break through the ice while crossing the Mississippi. He went through while nearing the Rock Island shore. He held on until a plank was pushed out to him.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A new era in aviation was envisioned as the Army airplane Question Mark completed a record-breaking endurance flight of 150 hours, 40 minutes.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fines of $25 and costs were levied in Police Magistrate Clyde Fuller's court in East Moline against a father and mother charged with failure to keep their child in school.

1979 -- 25 years ago
When ice and snow coat driveways and sidewalks, homeowners usually think of spreading salt on the slippery patches. But the deep freeze that has gripped the Quad-Cities area for a week makes salt ineffective. So the city of Moline, and homeowners who want to be able to use their driveways, have been using something else instead. The city has been using cinders during the coldest weather.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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