Day in history for April 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Argus has found nobody in these three cities who favors the sale of the island of Rock Island, as proposed in a bill before congress. On the contrary, everyone seems determined that the island should be used for a national armory and arsenal, as recommended by the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The C.B. And Q. and the Rock Island Lines are at war over the right of way between 30th Street and downtown Rock Island along the river. The Rock Island Lines crews occupied the disputed ground Saturday but the C.B. And Q. sent in 80 men to lay track Sunday morning.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The force at New Shops (Silvis) has been increased to 500 men. Thirty-five locomotives are in the shops for repairs.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Simon Pelz, 5, was injured when struck by an automobile.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport Police Department is faced with the problem of applying 400 gallons of zone marking paint on city streets following the resignation of City Painter Henry C. Carey, in connection with an alleged argument with Chief Harvey Smith.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About 90 of Moline's city workers went on strike early this morning to protest the city's decision to not rehire a former parks department employee after he had a stroke. The union says the city treated park department employee Eldon LeMaster, 57, of 413 37th St., unfairly.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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