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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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