Day in history for June 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council has ordered all people living on Illinois Street (2nd Avenue) to build sidewalks of stones, brick, planks or gravel before Sept. 1.

1879 -- 125 years ago
About 300 tramps arrived at 11 last night on a C.B. And Q. train. Policemen and the sheriff's force marched the men to the courthouse square, guarded them there until 5 a.m. and then marched them out of the city. None were ill-treated.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A Tri-City stock and grain broker reportedly lost more than $50,000 playing poker, but he declined to answer questions at a bankruptcy hearing on the ground that the answers might incriminate him.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island office of the United States Housing Corporation was closed today, since buyers of the government-built homes of the World War period now owe a balance of only $56,478. In 1918 the government built 651 houses in the Quad-Cities to relieve the housing situation caused by the growth of Rock Island Arsenal.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline policemen are going to be cooler this summer. Aldermen approved a motion to allow policemen to wear short sleeved police shirts with open collars. Previously, the policemen have worn long sleeved shirts and ties year-round.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The nationwide independent truckers' strike spread to the Quad-Cities, with most owner-operators staying off area roads.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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