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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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