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: 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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