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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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