Day in history for July 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A cyclone last night blew down chimneys and ripped away roofs all over town. Lumber stacked in lumberyards was blown around like kindling wood. River waves damaged goods in stores. Four steamboats were nearly wrecked and one deckhand was swept away and lost. The cyclone cloud was accompanied by a deluge of hail.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A heavy iron bar has been placed across the door of the city jail in Rock Island Armory, so as to render escape by prisoners well-nigh impossible.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Anna Heusing, of the post office force, has been granted a month's leave of absence.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Athletes of the present and those of a quarter of a century ago gathered yesterday as school officials laid the cornerstone for the new $150,000 Rock Island Public Schools stadium.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Two flat cars loaded with combines buckled and partially turned over at 1:30 a.m. in a switching accident at the East Moline Works of International Harvester Co. At least one combine was damaged heavily and about 50 feet of train track was torn up.

1979 -- 25 years ago
An undercurrent of gossip, confusion and fear filtered through the LeClaire Hotel today. Plans by a Moline development firm to convert the downtown landmark into a federally subsidized housing complex for the elderly have left many longtime residents fearful of what the future may bring.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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