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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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