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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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