Day in history for December 31, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island County Agricultural Society will hold its annual meeting and fair Jan. 3. The Argus editor started this society two years ago but he now feels that it is ruled by a clique and shows partiality in its awards.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The fair held near Hampton was successful in producing $50 for uniforming the village band.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A locomotive exploded two miles outside Davenport and blew the engineer and firemsn, both Iowa men, to eternity. Three crew men from Rock Island and one from Moline were injured. Low water in the boiler caused the explosion.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The price of milk in the Quad-Cities will rise from 11 to 12 cents a quart as the new year of 1930 begins.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Safe crackers escaped with more than $300 from the Port Byron Post Office and the Gilbert Store last night. Big safes were blown or torn open at both the post office and the store, located across the street.

1979 -- 25 years ago
East Moline police are searching for the youngsters believed to have stolen a $3,000 two-way radio from a derailed diesel engine laying idle near the John Deere Harvester Works spur line at 7th Street. The youths also destroyed two $200 fire extinguishers in breaking 14 windows worth $900 and two headlights worth $40.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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