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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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