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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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