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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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