Day in history for July 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The New York Express made the 81 miles of straight track between Syracuse and Rochester at an average speed of 51 miles an hour. We do not know of any parallel speed to this in the history of American railroading.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Holmes Hakes was elected president of the Milan Paper Company. George M.D. Hakes is secretary and superintendent.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island County Democrats, holding their annual convention, adopted a resolution favoring nomination by open primary rather than by convention. John P. Sexton was elected Democratic County Chairman.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Phoebe Omlie of Memphis took off from Moline Airport and set a new altitude record for women, 25,982 feet. She made the record in a Monocoupe plane, manufactured in Moline.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Equipment for the Quad-City Airport control tower began arriving at the field in preparation for the beginning of installation by the Civil Aeronautics Administration prior to July 15. Installation is expected to be completed by mid-October.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Thirteen years after it was formed, a trust fund organized by the late Mrs. Charles Deere Wiman still is proving to be a lifesaver for the people who operate Moline's Riverside Cemetery. The committee managing the assets of the Riverside Cemetery Endowment Association Trust this year purchased a variety of lawn-care tools.

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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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