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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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