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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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