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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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