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: 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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