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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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