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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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