Day in history for July 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Some of our citizens have suggested the propriety of preparing a hospital. It should be established near town where pure water and good air may be enjoyed and at a convenient distance for the attendance of physicians and nurses.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Levi Higgins, new proprietor of the hotel at Orion, is a guest at the Rock Island House.

1904 -- 100 years ago
One of the most unique, and at the same time popular and appropriate, souvenirs that yet has been designed in the interest of Rock Island takes the form of a silver spoon, the work and idea of Fred Bleuer, the jeweler.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A petition is being circulated for the city to convert the pioneer Dickson Cemetery, near Black Hawk State Park, into a park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's downtown street lighting system still is being hailed as one of the most modern in the nation six-and-a-half years after its completion. The Westinghouse Corporation, from which the lights were purchased, has named Rock Island as one of its model cities during the observance of the diamond or 75th anniversary of the incandescent light.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Librarians all over the Quad-Cities knew Charles Barton as one of their most regular patrons. But they say they were shocked when they learned police entered his Rock Island home and found more than 2,000 stolen books.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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