Day in history for July 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Argus Editor J.B. Danforth Jr. writes that he and his wife made the trip to Niagara Falls, 724 miles, in the fast time of 33 hours. They traveled over three railroads.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Women of Rock Island are invited to a mass meeting in the Baptist church to discuss the fact that the morals of young people are threatened by an epidemic of obscene literature.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Peter Roth, 73, returning from delivering a load of berries, fell from his wagon just inside his gate. The veins of his neck ruptured and death ensued.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Cyrus McCormick Jr. and other International Harvester Co. officials today inspected the company's Rock Island, Moline and East Moline properties.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A crowd estimated to number 5,000 gathered to see the 1954 Quad-City Soap Box Derby on Harrison Street, by Vander Veer Park, Davenport. About 60 boys in their self-built racers were participating in the event. The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, Aug. 15.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The merger of Palmer Junior College with Scott Community College was made final today after a board vote of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in Davenport. Scott Community College will absorb Palmer's assets, many full-time employees and buildings.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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