Day in history for June 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Col. J.B. Danforth, publisher of The Argus, is among the thousand guests of the Chicago And Rock Island railroad making a steamboat excursion to St. Paul and back this week. Seventy-five editors, mostly from the big newspapers of the East, are among the excursionists.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Ranson R. Cable of Rock Island has been elected to the new position of assistant to the president of the Rock Island And Pacific railroad.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Salvation Army here is offering poor people who wish to marry the following: Enough furniture for four rooms, $10; a trousseau for the bride, $1; a wedding suit for the man, $1. This places matrimony within the reach of all.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Tony Miller fell into quicksand in a hollow near 5th Street and 19th Avenue, Rock Island. Workmen at a nearby carnival heard his cries and pulled him out with ropes.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Alderman Walter W. Wirken complained to Moline police about 9 p.m. Saturday that unidentified persons drenched the front terrace of his yard with gasoline. Police said it might be as a result of the alderman's stand on daylight-savings time.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island woman says her dog was stabbed and one wheel of her car nearly removed in separate incidents. Frances Hammer, of 1030 22nd St., told police her pet was stabbed sometime Wednesday night, and her car was damaged Thursday.

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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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