Day in history for May 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Davenport Gazette says the editor of The Argus has been put in charge of the island ''under the farcical idea of protecting the old logs that remain of the venerable Fort Armstrong.'' Not so, the government keeps us there to protect the island from trespassers. Otherwise, the swarm of ''landless men'' would soon destroy the island's beautiful forest.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A bill has passed the Illinois legislature authorizing cities and villages to require two days of road labor each year from individuals.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Seven million feet of lumber went up in smoke in the yards of Dimock, Gould And Co., Moline, causing a loss of $175,000. Insufficiency of the water supply was the cause of the magnitude of the blaze.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dr. Carl Bechmann, retired Rock Island physician, was killed when hit by a street car in Los Angeles.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A powerful explosion this morning at the rear of Sones Transfer And Storage Co., 1723 3rd Ave., Moline, wrecked the loading dock, blew off a double door and shattered almost 150 window panes in the trucking firm's building and the surrounding neighborhood.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline city officials have nearly a $1 million debt to pay, and they haven't quite figured out the best way to pay it off. The debt is for property acquired to build downtown parking lots along 4th and 6th Avenues.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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