Day in history for April 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The editor of The Argus, J.B. Danforth, has taken up his residence on the island, where he is custodian of what remains of Fort Armstrong. The editor will be in town from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and persons having business with him will confer a favor by calling within the hours named.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Judge Richman has decided that the city of Davenport has the right to prohibit the use of a steam motor to drag horse cars up the Brady Street hill. If the ruling sticks, the company will have to go back to horses for the hill pull.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The dream of flooding any home with music by pushing a button will come true in about two years, according to a Baltimore company, which plans to charge subscribers $50 a year.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Within six months death has claimed four members of the Velie family, Moline. Grace Velie Harper Harris, a granddaughter of John Deere, died yesterday.

1954 -- 50 years ago
In line with the increased farm production and employment trend evident over the country is the announcement that 200 workers will be recalled to jobs this week at the Farmall Works of the International Harvester Company.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Muscatine industrialist Roy J. Carver was named today in a federal lawsuit alleging he and a partner paid a $1.5 million bribe to win Mideast oil drilling concessions.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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