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 Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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