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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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