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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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