Day in history for April 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Because of the railroad, the price of building lots on Rock Island's principal streets has risen to an average of $75 per front foot. As much as $4,000 has been paid for a lot on Illinois Street (2nd Avenue) and as much as $1,500 for a residential site.

1879 -- 125 years ago
James Ducker and John Stanmore were instantly killed by the caving in of a roof at the Mineral Creek coal mine near Cleveland, Henry County. Three other miners were injured.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Recent changes in the management of the Rock Island Lines indicate that the Moore brothers no longer have absolute financial control of the system.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Eighteenth Amendment, prohibiting the sale of liquor, was defeated in a resolution adopted by the Illinois Conference of the Augustana Synod.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport city clerk's office today was preparing for a rush in applications for cigarette permits following action by the city council Wednesday night permitting filling stations to sell cigarettes.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Vandals have sabotaged a project sponsored by the Cordova Bicentennial Committee. In November, ten cement park benches were placed around the village. Each of the benches was solid concrete and cost nearly $100 each. Last weekend at least three of the benches were overturned and one located near the Cordova Library was completely destroyed.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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