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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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