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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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