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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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