Day in history for January 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The bill of fare at the banquet celebrating the lighting of Rock Island with gas included two kinds of soup, two of fish, seven kinds of wild game, ten boiled meats, eight kinds of roast meat, many cold cuts, numerous side dishes, eight vegetable dishes, pies and puddings.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Ben C. Hartz, for seven years head clerk for John Bengston, has entered partnership with Fred Bahnsen in the Fourth Avenue Drug Store.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Musser Company of Muscatine, an old logging and lumber firm, will saw no more logs and will wind up its affairs.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Major C.L. Hull of the Army Engineers conferred with Major Gen. Lytle Brown on plans to control often-flooded Mill Creek at Milan.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Talk of a new, lighter, fully automatic rifle for United States doughboys and the addition of up to 200 employees were among the top subjects at a conference of the newly formed Ordnance Weapons Command today at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1980 -- 25 years ago
For the first time in its history, Deere And Co. has underwritten part of the cost for the production of a major television program. A documentary ``special'' based on Mark Twain's ``Life on the Mississippi,'' will be shown on the Public Broadcasting System network next fall.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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