Day in history for January 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus editor visited the plow manufactory of Messrs. Deere And Chapman in Moline. They have erected a three-story building and have total investments of $50,000 in the new business. Every week 150 plows are made and sent away by the 37 hands employed there.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A dance held by the Wide Awake Volunteer Firemen's Company New Year's Eve was largely attended and was a huge success.

1905 -- 100 years ago
D.J. Sears was honored on his retirement as high priest of Rock Island Royal Arch Masons. He served nine terms.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Miss Lucy Madison Corbett, a former resident of Rock Island, died in Rockford. She was a descendant of U.S. President James Madison.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline Moose Lodge will build the biggest bonfire of the season as a community project. The organization plans to pick up all the discarded Christmas trees in the city Sunday. Monday night, the trees will be burned in one pile on River Drive.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency plans to investigate how the dumping of a swimming pool chemical into the Rock River will affect its aquatic population. Police received a report of a man under the Interstate 74 overpass dumping the contents of several barrels into the Rock River.

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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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