Day in history for April 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
James Grant, Davenport, was elected mayor of Davenport. Mayor Grant was a leading organizer of the Chicago And Rock Island railroad.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The ladies of Davenport who have managed the public library of that city for five years propose to surrender the management back to the gentlemen.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Efforts of John P. Looney to become a political power failed at the Rock Island township and municipal elections. Ten Republican and three Democrats were elected. All the successful candidates opposed the Looney faction.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island County Farm Bureau board will ask federal aid in preventing floods in Rock River.

1954 -- 50 years ago
F.A. Dauw of Moline has been elected chairman of the management advisory board of the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. R.M. Hetherington of Davenport was named secretary. Members of the executive committee with Mr. Dauw are C.J. Math, Davenport, and W.H. Weise, Moline.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Motorists who want to get anywhere near Moline's 23rd Avenue and 16th Street will find the going tough this spring and summer as a street construction project shifts into gear this week. The intersection of the two streets will be widened to include two lanes at each approach, and a right turn lane will be added on 16th Street for westbound traffic onto 23rd Avenue.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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