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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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