Day in history for April 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Hallenbeck's Saloon is the place to get good meals, very clean and exquisitely cooked.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A Whiteside County man raises wolves. He brought eight young ones to Rock Island today saying he had captured them in this county. He killed the wolves in our courthouse square, thereby making sure of collecting his bounty.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fourteen freight handlers of the Rock Island Road went on strike here today, demanding 16 cents an hour. They are getting 14 cents an hour, with a 10-hour day.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The combination of youth, automobiles and moonshine liquor is destroying human society, the superintendent of Cook County schools said.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Army Ordnance Department and Rock Island Arsenal today released the story of the design and manufacture of the new ''Honest John'' free rocket launcher, a development kept secret as a security precaution since 1951. The launcher, which starts the powerful rocket on its way, was designed and is produced at Rock Island Arsenal.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Mark Johnson, former Michigan and Alleman star, continued his winning ways last weekend by claiming his second title in a row in a National Greco Wrestling Tournament. Johnson scored three pins in addition to a pin in the finals en route to the championship at a meet held in Minneapolis. Johnson wrestled in the 180-pound weight class.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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