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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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