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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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