Day in history for July 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Abolitionists of the east have hired Cassius M. Clay as a missionary to the west in preaching the doctine of abolishing slavery. A meeting announced for the courthouse last night to make arrangements for the reception of Mr. Clay in Rock Island was a fizzle.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The first bar of roller iron from Rock Island Arsenal's new rolling mill was cut into pieces and made into souvenir paperweights. Stamped on the souvenir are the words: ''Sample of first bar rolled at Rock Island Arsenal.''

1904 -- 100 years ago
Robert Pears of Moline has been appointed assistant county clerk by H.B. Hubbard.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Work has begun on the $10,000 improvement project in the tourist camp at Black Hawk State Park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Formation of a ''swing shift'' of Rock Island police officers for the purpose of assisting regular shifts during peak crime hours was announced by Police Chief Claus C. Miller. The ''swing shift'' measure is made possible through the recent addition of three civilians, all women, to the police department.

1979 -- 25 years ago
At the suggestion of a Rock Island business group, the Rock Island City Council voted to remove and replace parking meters along several downtown streets. City crews will remove meter heads along 3rd Avenue between 21st and 24th Streets, replacing them with three-hour parking limit signs.

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)