Day in history for July 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The national law donating land to anyone who will settle in Oregon has been extended to Dec. 1, 1855. A single man can get 160 acres free. A husband and wife get 320 acres, with half going to the wife in her name. The only condition is that they must occupy and cultivate the land for four years.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles Militia Company of Rock Island expressed thanks to Muscatine for fine treatment given the Rodman Rifle team on the Fourth of July.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Jack Burrel, a deckhand on the steamer Helen Blair, fell overboard at New Boston and drowned last night.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's first proposed zoning ordinance was rejected by the city council, 10 to 2.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A remodeling program which will greatly increase available floor space in the south end of the building was started at Broadway Presbyterian Church, Rock Island. The project will cost an estimated $74,328. The work is expected to be completed in early December.

1979 -- 25 years ago
What does a PGA caddy do on his day off? He golfs, of course. That, anyway, was the agenda Friday for Kelly Olson, a 1978 Moline High School graduate, now carrying the clubs for golfer Cesar Sanudo. Olson got his start when he was 13, caddying for Mark McCumber in the 1973 Quad-Cities Open.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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