Day in history for June 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
One man offered to carry the mail between Rock Island and Keithsburg twice a week for $550 a year. The lowest bid for carrying mail between Rock Island and Macomb was $1,195 a year. Our congressman says the U.S. Post Office Department will abandon the routes before agreeing to pay more than the receipts from the two routes justify.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The `Hind Temperance Bill' permitting women in this state to vote upon liquor questions, the bill being pushed by the Women's Christian Temperance Union, was killed in the House of Representatives at Springfield by a vote of 54 to 53.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A.E. Rounds is testing the right of Rock Island to collect toll at the Rock River bridges, which this city owns and maintains. When fined in Milan justice court, Mr. Rounds appealed the case to the circuit court.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's oldest resident, Mrs. Sarah Ann Walker, observed her 103rd birthday.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The purchase of the DeSoto-Plymouth Agency in Moline, formerly operated as Horst-Zimmerman Motors, was announced by W. Robert Brainard, of Moline. The new name for the agency will be Brainard-Thompson Motors Inc., 412 14th St.

1979 -- 25 years ago
An Andover man was injured when he was kicked in the face by a horse early Saturday afternoon. Leonard McKune, 24, was listed in satisfactory condition at Moline Public Hospital.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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