Day in history for June 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The services of two steamers, the J. McKee and the Ben Campbell, have been engaged to bring people from river cities to Rock Island and Davenport celebrations of the Fourth of July.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A lawsuit over right-of-way between C.B. And Q. railroad and Williams, White And Co., Moline, has been settled by compromise. The company will receive $750 and will tear down its wall, in order to give the railway unobstructed right-of-way within 10 days.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A circus performer was taken from a train here when he became semi-conscious. His face was broken out and Dr. G.G. Craig, Jr. diagnosed the illness as smallpox. The patient was taken to the city pest house when the railroad agreed to pay the bill for his care.

1929 -- 75 years ago
At a public hearing on what to do about Milan's floods, the proposal was made that the federal government double its proposed appropriation to change the course of Mill Creek.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A revolutionary road-laying machine, designed and built by the Quad-City Construction Co., 644 25th Ave., Rock Island, is making road-building history.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Former East Moline basketball coach Ernie Kivisto has been named National High School Athletic Coaches Association boys basketball coach of the year. The 57-year-old Kivisto is the youngest coach ever to win the national honor.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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