Day in history for April 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The new ferry boat J. Wilson has arrived. She is the finest ferry boat that ever was on the Mississippi. We have no room for an extended notice of her this week.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Three hundred men now work at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1904 -- 100 years ago
George W. Henry will make a model assessor. He is thoroughly familiar with the duties of the office, knows property value, and will be just and fair.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Development of television will be the scientific wonder of this century, a scientist told the Tri-City Chapter of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Davenport began its new 1-way street program today amid blasts of auto horns and shouts of motorists unfamiliar with the new traffic setup. The 1-way plan routes traffic east on 3rd Street and west on 4th Street. When the plan started this morning some 30 all-night parkers found their vehicles parked in the wrong direction.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island school administrators and two school board members will begin working with Milan village officials on a plan to use school-district owned land for a new Milan swimming pool. The Milan Village Board wants to use part of the school district's 40-acre tract at Bruce Avenue and 4th Street West. The school board bought the property in 1962 as a potential site for a new junior high school.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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