Day in history for April 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Harry McArthur, Esq., has been appointed postmaster at Geneseo, the first Democrat ever named to that position. Mr. McArthur is also assessor and treasurer for Henry County.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Mississippi Valley Times is the name of a new paper at Rapids City. The paper advocates removal of the county seat from Rock Island to Rapids City. We are preparing to move right away.

1904 -- 100 years ago
J.P. Newburg, Rock Island inventor, declines to give a reporter any details of a flying machine he is building.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A special meeting of the Mississippi Valley professional baseball league will be held in Rock Island to act on Moline's protest against the 1929 schedule.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Two members of the Rock Island police and fire departments will become the first trainees in the city's history in arson detection and investigation. Capt. Ben J. Jacobson of the fire department and Det. Sgt. Elmer J. Janssens of the police force will receive the training.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Officials at Franciscan Hospital, Rock Island, were so sure that a bomb threat received by telephone was a hoax that they did not tell police until an hour later. The hospital suspected a patient, who was removed from the hospital by force, was behind the ruse. The hospital requested police give them no assistance and denied need for followup investigation.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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