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: 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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