Day in history for July 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The home of Postmaster A.F. Mast, Esq., Davenport, was robbed last night of $600 in gold. The Rock Island home of George M. Babcock was broken into. It's not safe to leave your house or store without somebody to watch it.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Alex Mitchell came up last night well loaded with freight and passengers.

1904 -- 100 years ago
F.C. Denkmann was reelected president of the Rock Island Board of Education. Carl Helpenstell was renamed treasurer and S.S. Kemble clerk.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Congressman John C. Allen promised to try to get the federal government to provide $5,000 emergency relief for Milan, which faces its third flood in nine days.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Mate, the dalmatian mascot at Davenport's Central Fire Station, seems to realize that carelessly thrown matches and cigarettes are fire hazards. When Mate sees a flaming match, burning cigarette or piece of paper ablaze on a floor or sidewalk he slaps at it with his paw until the fire is extinguished.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A Walcott, Iowa, man was arrested and charged for eating a Rock Island policeman's hat. Loran Lee Friedericks, 28, was arrested at the Chances Are Tavern, 2116 4th Ave., after he damaged a door frame there. Patrolman David Dale placed Friedericks in the back of his prowl car and returned to find his duty hat torn apart.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.

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