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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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