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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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