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: 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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