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.

Back: Available days in September 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






(More History)