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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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