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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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