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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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