Day in history for July 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We are watching with interest the great enterprise of Methodist churches to establish a North Western University in the vicinity of Chicago. The committee reports $249,659 in resources.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Third Avenue, between 17th and 18th Street, Rock Island, was macadamized yesterday.

1904 -- 100 years ago
When the Cedar Rapids baseball team beat Rock Island 12 to 0, manager Kohley Miller, displeased by a decision, threw the ball over the fence. Fined $5, he hit the umpire and was ejected from the game. It was a bad day all around for Rock Island fans.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Valentine Casier, 38, Moline, is the first victim of the present heat wave in the Tri-Cities. He was overcome while at work in a factory.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A barn was destroyed by fire at the Dale Sieben farm, 4 miles north of Geneseo, last night. Damages were estimated at $8,000. Ora Merriman, a neighbor residing about a half mile south of the Sieben farm, first noticed the fire and with the assistance of Danny Sieben, age 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Sieben, was successful in driving 140 head of hogs from the burning structure.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Fifteen prize rabbits valued at $200 were stolen in Moline. A witness told police they saw two or three female juveniles enter the yard of Jack Madden, 529 5th Ave., Moline, and walk off with the rabbits.

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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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