Day in history for July 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Martin O. Walker has contracted to carry the mail, by means of horses and riders, the hundred miles between Rock Island and Galena three times a week for $4,990 a year. All routes are now contracted for and not another county in Illinois is as well equipped with mail facilities.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Michael Lenahan, whose feed store burned recently, has resumed business at 15th St. and 6th Ave.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Iowa and Illinois Central Medical Association elected Dr. E.S. Gilbert, Geneseo, president and Dr. F.H. First, Rock Island, secretary

1929 -- 75 years ago
Milan is cleaning up after its third flood in nine days and is counting the damage in thousands of dollars. Two-thirds of the town suffered some loss.

1954 -- 50 years ago
David Romont, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Romont, 1011 4th St., Rock Island, and Dennis Freed, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Freed, 1804 4th St., Rock Island, caught a 24 1/2 pound hardshell turtle in a slough near Sunset Park. They baited a line with a chunk of meat and caught the turtle with a net when it got close to shore.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The villages of Erie and Hampton are among about 40 applicants for an Illinois Department of Conservation grant to build docking facilities in their towns. Grant applications total $4.8 million, and the Department of Conservation has $1.2 million available this year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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