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The Rock Island city council has repealed the ordinance which prohibited cows from running at large.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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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