Day in history for April 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At present there are just 5 feet of water in the Rock Island rapids. Regular steamboats cannot run. Light, stern-wheel boats are running up and down almost daily, but they charge all sorts of fancy prices for passengers and freight.

1879 -- 125 years ago
William A. Meader of Hampton came to this office today with a catfish 3 1/2 feet long and weighing 57 pounds. The fish got into shallow water, where Meader captured it with his hands.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Moline Chautauqua Association has arranged 13 days of entertainment at the tabernacle in Prospect Park for July 14-27.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Anton M. Cramer was appointed to the police force.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The statue of Chief Black Hawk, which stood for 61 years in Spencer Square, now stands proudly on the very spot where the old chief and his warriors maintained a lookout more than a century ago. The statue was moved yesterday to Black Hawk State Park and has been placed in the garden area overlooking Rock River and its valley.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Vandals went on a rampage in Nels Peterson Park in Moline early this morning, causing extensive damage to the park shelter and dozens of picnic tables. Using deck railing as kindling, the vandals set about six picnic tables on fire under the park shelter. The fire spread to the roof of the structure and extensively damaged it.

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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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