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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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