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: 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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