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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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