Day in history for April 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A bill has been introduced in Congress for the sale of the island of Rock Island. The Argus strongly opposes any plan to divide the island for private use. The island must be reserved for a national armory and arsenal. Let every man who can write a letter send one to Washington on the subject.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Wages for street work have been fixed by the Rock Island City Council at 15 cents an hour for laborers and 30 cents an hour for a man and a team of horses.

1904 -- 100 years ago
William A. Thomas, a leather worker at Rock Island Arsenal, fell in front of a Davenport street car and was fatally injured today. Thomas fell when he was pulled from his bicycle by a ferocious dog.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Marie Boetje, 83, widow of the founder of a Rock Island mustard manufacturing business, died.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The sight of the slaying of two Rock Island policemen and a third man almost 32 years ago is being razed this week as part of a movement by city officials to eliminate fire and health hazards. Patrolmen James F. Green, 38, and Edward Miner, 34, met death in a kitchen at 307 22nd Street at 8:20 p.m. Oct. 15, 1922.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Pam Brill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brill, 1881 25th Ave. Ct., Moline, was named to the dean's list at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York City. She is a 1977 graduate of Rock Island High School.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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