Day in history for June 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The county court of commissioners, composed of Gould, Kistler and Holmes, has rejected the city of Rock Island's application for a license to operate a ferry. The commissioners last winter reportedly informed the Illinois legislature that a second ferry here is necessary.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Four orations were given and five essays were read at the commencement exercises for Rock Island High School seniors. The only floral decoration was in memory of Ella G. Keeley, a member of the class who died a few years ago.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Liberty Bell, a historic relic of America's war for independence, was exhibited in Rock Island for half an hour today. The bell is being taken by special train to the world's fair at St. Louis.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. E.O. Hedberg, wife of a clergyman, was killed in an auto accident as she and her husband were attending the convention of the Augustana Lutheran Synod.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A long-standing sin was the inspiration for a letter to John Haasaker, former grocer and druggist in Moline. The anonymous writer explained to Haasaker that many years ago ''I stole $2 from you.'' Enclosed were four $1 bills, repayment in kind and an extra $2 for atonement.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A cafeteria window was broken and obscenities painted on the walls of Alleman High School, 1103 40th St., Rock Island, about 6:30 a.m. Friday.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.

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