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The Rock Island city council has repealed the ordinance which prohibited cows from running at large.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: 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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