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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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