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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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