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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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