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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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