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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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