Day in history for April 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Everything is eastern bound via the Rock Island railroad. Freight rates from Rock Island to New York are: Pork, $2.50 a barrel; lard, $2.25 a barrel; flour, $1.60; wheat and corn, 40 cents a bushel. These rates are lower than for river shipping to New Orleans and from there by ocean freighter to New York.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Reform Club observed its first anniversary with religious exercises at Negus Hall. The club, which holds itself aloof from party politics, reported many reforms accomplished by an expenditure of $500 during the year.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Thomas E. Schindler, owner of a prosperous meat market at 1817 2nd Ave., died of jaundice. He had been in business in Rock Island 46 years.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Candidates for mayor of Rock Island, Chester Thompson and Walter A. Rosenfield, promised the paving of 11th Street and a 15-minute bus schedule to Milan.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Clarence Machmer told Moline police that he was ''taken'' by two strangers several days ago on a car painting deal. Machmer said the two men offered to paint his car for $22. The car looked glistening new, too, until it started to rain. Then, Machmer complained, the paint started to wash off.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Deere And Co. is negotiating to lease space in the Rock Island Industrial Park for a new manufacturing plant that will employ 200 workers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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