Day in history for September 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A channel has been put through Campbell's chain in the Rock Island rapids of the Mississippi River so that there never will be less than four feet of water for navigation.

1879 -- 125 years ago
William Lee Jr. was appointed mine inspector for Rock Island County for the ensuing year.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Spreading of the rails was blamed for the wreck of a merchandise train of the Rock Island Lines at 38th Street. Seven cars were derailed.

1929 -- 75 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland, Illinois Director of Public Works, will address the convention of the Illinois Association of Insurance Agents.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Bonnie Lassies, a corps of baton twirlers under the direction of Bonnie Groves, Rock Island, placed second at a National Baton Twirlers Association contest at Fulton. Members of the newly organized corps range in age from 14 to 16. They practice weekly in Moline.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The old Hofson House at 804 11th Ave., Moline, was leveled yesterday to provide room for a parking lot for visitors to Butterworth Center, the Deere-Wiman House, and the Rock Island County Historical House. The old home was the former Episcopal manse, and was purchased from the Episcopal church by the William Butterworth Memorial Trust.

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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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