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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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