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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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