Day in history for June 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Davenport is making extensive arrangements for a Fourth of July celebration. Last year the celebration was held in Rock Island. The plan for alternate observance of the Fourth in these twin cities should be continued.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A small green insect of the aphid order is destroying corn in the Geneseo vicinity. A swarm of such insects attacks a corn hill and sucks the young corn dry.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Conductors and motormen of the Tri-City Railway Co. have completed erection of a clubhouse on Vandruff's Island in Rock River. The 39 members and their families will use the place as a pleasure resort.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana Lutheran Synod voted to convene in Rock Island in 1930.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Sale of the old Coaltown School was announced by the Moline Board of Education after a public auction in which C.H. Hardesty, who owns farmland in the area, was high bidder with an offer of $5,000. The school is more than 100 years old. A new school, named the Katherine Butterworth School, will be built in the area.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Robert Verstraete was asking for a little more sleep on Sunday mornings. The bells at Trinity Lutheran Church near his home in Coal Valley are preventing that, he told village board members. The board approved a motion to write a letter to the church property committee, asking them to reduce the volume of the bells.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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