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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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