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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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