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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