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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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