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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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