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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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