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: 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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