Day in history for April 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The courthouse auditorium was crowded last night by citizens who met to discuss reform of Illinois common schools. The group adopted a resolution urging establishment of a state university.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A Colored Emigrant Aid Society has been organized in Davenport. The purpose is to help colored people move from the south to northern states.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. C.A. Hemborg has resigned as pastor of First Lutheran Church, Moline, and as president of the Illinois Conference of the Augustana Synod because of poor health.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The will of Mrs. Grace Velie Harris, a former resident of Rock Island and a native of Moline, leaves $1,000,000 to charities and public works. Money is bequeathed to Moline for a playground at 11th Street and 11th Avenue.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The sale of radio station KSTT for an undisclosed price has been announced by A. Malcolm McGreagor and I.W. Whalen, new owners. They said they had purchased the interest of Hugh Norman, who has been president of Davenport Broadcasting Co. which operates the station. Sale is subject of FCC approval.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Lines depot in Geneseo, already nearly lifeless, may be abandoned if the Illinois Commerce Commission approves the railroad's petition to do so. Regional freight business will be handled from a Silvis office.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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