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: 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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