Day in history for June 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Burlington has passed an ordinance forbidding steamboats at the Burlington landing from blowing their whistles. The reason is that some folks down there can't hold their horses.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Harry Trusedale, son of Dr. Calvin Trusedale of Rock Island, won the first prize in scholarship among juniors at the University of Iowa.

1904 -- 100 years ago
An automobile and a bicycle collided at 4th Avenue and 17th Street, Rock Island, today. The motorist was E.P. Denkmann and the cyclist was S.T. Moore, a visitor from St. Louis. Moore was bruised.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Ten years ago today cheering thousands greeted Battery F of the 123rd field artillery as the men returned from the World War.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Although Rock Island, Moline and Davenport will go on daylight saving time, trains and buses will stay on standard time. Mail deliveries and pickups also will be on standard time to coincide with train schedules.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The old Lyle Elementary School in Kewanee, ripped by an explosion Wednesday afternoon, may have to be demolished after an investigation is completed. No one was in the school when the blast occurred at about 1:45 p.m. Classes were dismissed for the summer about a week ago. The blast tore a gaping hole in the 84-year-old building's south wall and blew out most of the windows in the two-story brick structure.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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