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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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