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: 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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