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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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