Day in history for April 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The principal points of trade in Rock Island County are Rock Island, Moline, Camden (Milan), Hampton and Port Byron. Post offices are also established at Cordova, Prairiefield, Holly, Illinois City, Drury, Pennsylvania, Copper Creek, Buffalo Prairie and Pleasant Ridge.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island should raise its saloon license to $300 a year, the same as Moline, and thereby rid itself of a dozen or so low doggies run by irresponsible men who are the source of most of the trouble which afflict our police.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island excursion steamer J.S. left Louisiana yesterday and will fill excursion dates along the river, arriving in its home port June 11.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. John F. Fitzpatrick was appointed rector of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 3-story brick building at 109-115 18th St., Rock Island, was a mere skeleton today after roaring flames gutted the structure starting at midnight Sunday. When the roof of the 50-year-old structure collapsed at 1 a.m., flames shot at least a hundred feet in the air and were visible for several miles.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. officials have admitted shortcomings in their storage of a toxic chemical in Rock Island to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials, and blamed the problem on ''poor housekeeping'' by employees.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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