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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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