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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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