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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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