Day in history for April 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Lamartine run aground and sunk her stern on Saturday night about 12 or 15 miles below town. She was loaded and bound down the river. Mr. VanSant of the Rock Island Boat Yard has gone down to see what can be done with her.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city council has repealed the ordinance which prohibited cows from running at large. Cows may now wander the streets from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A band stand will be built in Long View Park. The stand in Spencer Square will be replaced by a better one.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A bill was introduced in the legislature for the state to take over maintenance of a War of 1812 monument at Campbell's Island, East Moline.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County Board of Supervisors authorized action aimed at eventual emergency appropriation of funds for repairing the county courthouse. The special board session was a result of grand jury criticism of the board for the condition of the courthouse.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Doris Aswege was reading Wednesday night in the bedroom of her condominium in Moline, when a car, catapulted forward by a frozen accelerator pedal, smashed into the room about 8:45 p.m., scattering bricks, dust and furniture, but leaving Mrs. Aswege and her dog unscathed. When the dust settled, the car and the walls of the home were extensively damaged.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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