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: 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.








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