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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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