Day in history for July 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
E.C. Cropper, one of the trustees of school district No. 1, requests us to say public schools will commence today in that district, under tuition of Miss Bowen. The trustees plan a splendid schoolhouse for next year.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Squire Hayden has returned from Island Wild, delighted with his vacation sojourn at the resort so popular with Rock Island people.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Ben T. Cable of Rock Island was named on the resolutions committee at the Democratic National Convention.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Fans Association is trying to devise plans to increase attendance at home games of the city's entry in the Mississippi Valley professional baseball league.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A smelly, smoky pall hung over Davenport today. Firemen are battling what they term ''the worst fire in the city dump's history.'' They said it may take four days of almost continuous operation to get the slow-burning blaze out.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two East Moline girls spent several days on a 100-mile bicycle trip from East Moline to Savanna and back. Fenessa Sheldon and Cindy Hahn left Sunday afternoon, wheeling into Thompson at 10:30 p.m. They accepted a ride with a Thompson police official for the final two miles to Sheldon's parents home in rural Savanna. On Monday they peddled into Savanna, and made their return trip on Tuesday.

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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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