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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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