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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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