Day in history for April 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Students of Rock Island Collegiate Institute and Female Seminary are holding a 2-day exhibition at the courthouse. The first day 38 young men gave declamations. The young ladies showed their compositions in the paper they publish. Three plays, 18 piano numbers, and songs by the glee club were presented.

1879 -- 125 years ago
News has reached here that Chicago went Democratic in this week's election.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Dr. Charles C. Carter, who has practiced here 25 years, died today. He was born in San Francisco and came to Rock Island with his parents in 1852.

1929 -- 75 years ago
An extensive search is under way for a 14-year-old boy who has started on a downriver adventure in a rowboat.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Police today were pondering the motive which prompted placing of a burning street flare on the porch of a Rock Island residence. Mrs. Lauretta Passmore, 3217 14th Ave., said she found the burning flare on her front porch Wednesday evening.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Whitey's Ice Cream celebrated the opening of its new store at 1601 23rd Ave., Moline. Among the first customers were C.L. ''Whitey'' Lindgren, the original store's owner and namesake; Loren Benson, architect; Mayor Lawrence Lorensen; and Bob Tunberg, owner. The old store at 1611 23rd Ave. is scheduled to be torn down next week to allow the intersection of 16th St. and 23rd Ave. to be widened.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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