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: 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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