Day in history for April 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Moore's Hotel gives character to Port Byron. The hotel is three stories high and can accommodate 150 persons. There is room for 60 horses in the hotel's stables.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The first boat of the Diamond Jo Line, the Josie, arrived at our levee this morning from Dubuque and left for up-river points again.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The sixth annual dinner of Rock Island Retail Merchants Association was held last night at the YMCA. Phil Mitchell was toastmaster. There were seven speakers.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Union painters have gone on strike for a new wage scale and a 5-day week.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fire, starting in the compressor at the bar, swept the clubrooms of Marshall Brown post, American Legion, at Ripley and West River streets, Davenport, today with the total loss expected to reach $25,000. Firemen managed to confine the actual fire to the second floor of the 2-story brick structure but businesses on the ground floor suffered water damage.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The 10-watt WVIK, now run by Augie students, is waiting for permission, expected any day, from the Federal Communications Commission to boost its power to 85,000 watts. The heads of the new educational WVIK, State Sen. Donald Wooten of Rock Island and Augustana speech professor Clarence Meyer, are keeping mum about their plans until they hear from the FCC.

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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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