Day in history for April 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Be it ordained by the city council of the city of Rock Island: That no person shall keep at the same time in any house, shop, store, cellar, or in any boat or warehouse within the limits of this city, more than 30 pounds of gun powder.

1879 -- 125 years ago
William E. Sweeney writes that the Rock Island colonists of Trego County, Kan., are doing well.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Marshall Field, of Chicago, has arrived at New York from Hamburg.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Motor Club of Rock Island has organized 130 boys into a safety patrol.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The four-story Henry C. Kahl mansion at 1101 W. 9th St., Davenport, has been presented to the Catholic Diocese of Davenport and will be converted into a home for the aged. The home and surrounding acreage, covering between five and six acres, represents a gift to the diocese by Mrs. V.O. Figge, the former Elizabeth Kahl, and Mrs. Henry C. Wurzer, formerly Margaret Kahl, and the heirs of the Carmella Kahl Sheehan estate.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A man being held for armed robbery and kidnapping took a female Rock Island County jail employee hostage with a homemade knife inside the facility early today. The man, identified by police as Daniel Jacob Miller, 22, was negotiating demands via telephone with Sheriff Randy Heaton and two Rock Island doctors.

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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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