Day in history for April 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Austin Corbin, besides being an actor and lawyer over in Davenport, has now become a banker there. (In later years Corbin became a New York financier and railroad executive. He conceived and founded the Coney Island Resort.)

1879 -- 125 years ago
Women are circulating a petition to the legislature to allow women to vote on the liquor question.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Attractions booked by the Rock Island YMCA for next season's entertainment series are: The Haskell Indian Band; Lorado Taft, sculptor; Lulu Tyler Gates and her company of musicians; Germaine, the wizard; the Byron Troubadours; and Dr. A.A. Willits, apostle of sunshine.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The poison deaths of 10 dogs in Moline and Rock Island led the Tri-City Beagles and Kennel Club to offer a reward of $200 for the arrest and conviction of poisoners.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The era of color television has officially arrived in the Quad-City area. It burst into full bloom at 11 a.m. Easter Sunday at the L.A. Baumgartner home at 1624 Cedar St., Davenport. Baumgartner is the RCA-Victor distributor of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. He invited his neighbors and friends to share the experience.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Hungry thieves took a cooler full of food from a couple camping out Saturday morning at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, but left them some beer to drown their sorrows.

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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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