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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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