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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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