Day in history for April 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Codding's Traveling Daguerrean Gallery is now opposite the courthouse, in this place, where it will remain until May 8, which will be the last day. Now is the time for all who wish to get a correct likeness of themselves and friends.

1879 -- 125 years ago
P.L. Mitchell, owner of the cotton mill at Milan, has now bought the woolen mill property.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Nine skeletons were unearthed on a knoll southwest of the Watertown Asylum. It is thought to have been an Indian burying ground. The best preserved specimens are in the possession of Loren Pierce, and further investigation is being made.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Plans have been made for the fifth annual jacks tournament for children of Rock Island schools.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Presentation of the original copy of the Black Hawk Treaty to the Davenport Public Museum took place in a brief ceremony Sunday afternoon at the museum before a small crowd. The valuable document will be stored in Davenport in a fireproof vault until the projected new museum building is constructed.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Construction began today on an $80 million cement plant in Buffalo, Iowa, that is expected to boost local cement production by 350,000 tons a year. The Martin Marietta plant, which will replace an existing facility at the site six miles west of Davenport will be completed in 1981.

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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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