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: 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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