Day in history for April 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
William Herrick, S.B. Barker and G.D. Haywood have been authorized by the Rock Island City Council to build a gas works.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Miss Maggie Koch was injured in the hand and one eye when a rifle exploded at the Koch Gun Shop on 17th Street, Rock Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
After two years of saloons, Andalusia has again voted itself dry.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Lester Allen Willetts, 3, died of diptheria. His was the first diptheria death in Rock Island in 16 months.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fred MacMurray said that June Haver is redecorating a house he recently bought, but they still ``don't know'' when they will marry. (June is a former Rock Island resident.) Hollywood regards the match as heart-warming because both June and Fred had lost someone they loved. Fred's wife, Lillian, died a year ago, and June entered a convent for a brief period following the death of her fiance.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two Burlington-Northern trains met head-on near Hillsdale Friday night, damaging both locomotives and derailing five empty railcars. Hillsdale police said a northbound freight met a southbound coal train about 11 p.m. at Canoe Creek Bridge, a half-mile south of Hillsdale. Police said the coal train was stopped, and a mixup in signals or switch malfunction kept the freight on the main track.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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