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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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