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: 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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