Day in history for July 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The papers of the month have paid feeling and worthy tributes to the memory of that patriarch of the press, Thomas Ritchie.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Ben Cable received his racing scull today and will go into practice.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fire destroyed two piles of lumber at the Rock Island Sash and Door Works.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce has arranged to revive the custom of having evening band concerts in Long View Park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An oddity occurred on the John Wilson Broadview Brown Swiss farm, four miles southwest of Hillsdale, when Broadview Una Rod, a 7-year-old cow, dropped triplet calves. This is a rare occurrence and very few have been reported in this part of the country. The calves, two heifers and one bull, are frisky and in good health. The sire of the youngsters is Rainbow, Wilson's own herd bull.

1979 -- 25 years ago
For 80 years the Crescent Bridge carried Burlington-Northern and Milwaukee Road trains across the Mississippi between Rock Island and Davenport. However, a towboat and 12 barges crashed into the bridge May 7, and the old structure emitted ''distressing sounds'' when the next train crossed. Jim Hagle, a spokesman for Burlington-Northern, said the future of the bridge ''is in limbo'' while railroad officials attempt to determine the extent of the damage, the repair bill and who's going to pay it.

Back: Available days in July 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

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.








(More History)