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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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