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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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