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: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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