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: 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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