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: 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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