Day in history for September 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The public is invited by John Warner, contractor, to be present on the island tomorrow at 9 a.m. to witness the laying of the first stone for the first pier to the first bridge across the Mississippi. His steamboat, Lightfoot, will convey those who wish to go directly to the coffer dam by boat.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The National political party held a county convention and nominated John A. Wilson for county treasurer, James McElherne for engineer and D.J. Morris for coroner.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Bicycle thefts are numerous just now.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Yvonne Benham was awarded a Girl Scout honor for rescuing a young woman from drowning in the Davenport natatorium.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Vandals smashed glass in the doors of a union office and a liquor store in Rock Island during the weekend, but apparently nothing was taken from either place. The buildings were the office of Local 109, Farm Equipment Workers-UE, 4331 16th Ave., and the Walter Spector Liquor Store, 2227 3rd Ave.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Clayton Fawkes of Lombard is dedicated to hunting down ginkos, the oldest species of tree on earth. And in Hampton, behind the village hall, he found the ''grandmammy of ginkos.'' The tree, planted in 1854, is 75 1/2 feet high with a spread of 70 feet and a girth of 216 inches measured 2 1/2 feet from the ground.

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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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