Day in history for July 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Argus became a daily newspaper today, in order to meet the wants of our fast-growing town and to amplify the prestige which Rock Island has in the east as the best-known frontier city of the west. Since its first issue on Oct. 18, 1851, The Argus has been a weekly.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Jacob Wollenhaupt, an old resident, died. He was a grocer and formerly was chief of the city's volunteer fire companies.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Maennercher, an organization of German-American citizens, will picnic and hear a concert at Huber's gardens Sunday afternoon.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A committee of supervisors is inspecting lower county road improvement projects.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Recovery of a safe, still unopened, which had been stolen from a Rock Island service station early Saturday morning, was announced today by Assistant Police Chief Lawrence O. Jones. Jones said the safe, containing $166.70, was found by Lawrence V. Skoglund, operator of Larry's Standard Service Station, 38th St. and 18th Ave. It was located in a ravine on the south side of 31st Ave.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Three generations of fire fighting by one family in Moline comes to an end July 22 with the retirement of Les Hallquist. Hallquist, who followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather on the Moline Fire Department, retires after 27 years on the force.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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