Day in history for July 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Illinois veterans of the War of 1812 met in Aurora on the Fourth of July to discuss the pension bill now before Congress. The old soldiers are asking for free land. About 20 Rock Island County veterans met in Bowling's Grove, near Camden (Milan), to hear oration by John A. Chandler, Esq.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Sylvan Boat Club racers of Moline won two rowing races at the Dixon regatta.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Julia Spencer Robinson has given the Rock Island Public Library an oil painting of Rock Island and Moline as seen in 1844 by an artist J.C. Wild.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Real Estate Board has endorsed the proposed city zoning ordinance following its revision.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police found the ''most backward driver of the year'' early this morning. Ronald D. Hammond, 22, Davenport, was spotted driving his car for three blocks in reverse. He was stopped at 23rd Street and 3rd Avenue where he explained that part of his steering mechanism had dropped off, preventing him from driving forward.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Residents along the 4600 block of 51st Avenue were complaining not too long ago that their road was too dusty, so South Moline Township officials poured $300 worth of oil on the street. But that created an even stickier problem, they say, claiming too much oil was used and it's ruining cars, clothes and carpeting.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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