Day in history for July 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Immigrants are pouring into St. Louis at a rate of 1,000 per week. Most come from Germany. About half stay and the rest scatter.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Fire destroyed Linnehan's Feed Store at 6th Avenue and 15th Street, Rock Island, and also burned down the neighboring homes of Patrick Mulligan and E.D. Nicholson.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Two hundred molders of the Rock Island Stove Company picnicked at Grand Isle, making the trip in the steamer J.A. Whitney.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Citizens of Moline voted 2,409 to 817 to take over Moline Airport as a municipal installation and to maintain it by taxes.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An 11-year-old Moline boy who spent his carefully hoarded savings of $6.90 for contraband fireworks lost everything Thursday afternoon. Police seized the large cache of explosives and the boy and his parents have been ordered in to discuss the case with Policewoman Geneva Dunderberg. Illinois law bans the use of all types of fireworks, except cap pistols.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Feeling sad? Feeling blue? The Quad-City Arts Council has the cure for you. It's dial-a-poem, a new service that's drawn about 100 calls weekly since it was launched in March. Those who call hear a tape recording of local poets reading their latest works and then hear council staff artist Lloyd Schoeneman read a list of upcoming events.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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