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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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