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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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