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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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