Day in history for February 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock River railroad bridge was finished today. A mile of track will be laid daily until Rock Island is reached Feb. 22. The temporary depot here is finished.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Though the ice here has been declared unsafe, a hundred or more people couldn't resist the temptation to take a shortcut to Davenport to witness a fire this afternoon in Hill's block. The fire seriously damaged a building housing four stores on 2nd St. and three on Brady St.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A good team of horses cost only $100 in 1900 but now cost $400. Farmers quit raising horses during the bicycle rage and now there's a scarcity. Some day automobiles may further reduce the horse population of the country.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Sheriff Howard Gregg and Deputy Sheriff Jacob S. Wolf were pummeled by hoodlums last night as the officers quelled a disturbance at a dance.

1954 -- 50 years ago
June Haver admitted today she is dating no one else but Fred MacMurray. The MacMurray-Haver combination became the talk of Hollywood when they first started dating a few weeks ago. MacMurray declined to admit anything more serious concerning the former Rock Island resident.

1979 -- 25 years ago
People who work for the city of Moline soon will have a lot more freedom in deciding where they want to live. Aldermen voted to relax a much-disputed rule requiring employees to live within six miles of city hall in either Moline or an unincorporated area.

Back: Available days in February 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

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.








(More History)