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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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