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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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