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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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