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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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