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 board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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