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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