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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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