Day in history for April 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
C.F. Calkins is advertising his new omnibus. It is the best stagecoach ever to run between Rock Island and Moline. These cities should unite to macadamize the road, since nothing has been done about the plank road for which a charter was obtained.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Because of a sudden cold snap, 20 tramps were housed in the city jail last night.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Valentine Dauber, pioneer blacksmith and former alderman, has sold his business to two Quincy men.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Donald Kuhn, 14, who spent a night rowing down the Mississippi in Huck Finn style, was found by anxious searchers at Muscatine.

1954 -- 50 years ago
``Death trap'' ice boxes and other similar containers were outlawed by the Rock Island city council. An amendment to the city's misdemeanor code, dealing with offenses affecting the public safety, was adopted unanimously by the council at the first reading.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County soon will begin tapping idle federal funds to develop a family planning clinic whose services will include providing birth control devices and abortion counseling to teenagers. The clinic, expected to open this month, will offer services provided for five years by the Rock Island Neighborhood Health Center before it declared bankruptcy in 1977.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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