Day in history for September 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Preparations for political conventions in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties occupied the attention of newsgathers and party workers.

1879 -- 125 years ago
O.J. Dimick has traded his residence in Chicago for inside property in that city, and will not go there to live until he sells his house and grounds in this city.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A seven-ton boiler en route from Davenport to the Rock Island Arsenal proved too heavy for the Rock Island bridge, causing a gaping hole in the center span and other damage.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Congresswoman Ruth Hanna McCormick addressed a Rock Island County Farm Bureau picnic in Moline on the subject of federal farm relief legislation.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Juke box record distributing companies have been ordered to remove a record described as ''too suggestive'' from Rock Island automatic coin machines. Police Chief Claus C. Miller said the record, entitled ''Hawaiian Tale,'' is ''filthy, suggestive and unfit to be played in mixed company.''

1979 -- 25 years ago
The old Clover Township Public Library was sold to the highest of four bidders. The library still is being used but will be vacated within the next 90 days. The top bid of $19,200 was submitted by Don Henrikson of Oneida. Henrikson, a carpenter, plans to remodel the former bank building into apartments.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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