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: 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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