Day in history for June 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island's grand new hotel, to be operated by Messrs. Tuxbury and Arnold, has been named the Island City Hotel.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Two fire companies and a militia company have just been organized at Geneseo, which is now prepared for fire, famine and war.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Seventeen congressmen, members of the committee on rivers and harbors, are expected to visit Rock Island within a few days. They are on their way down the river from St. Paul, inspecting ideas as to what should be done to improve navigation.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Phoebe Omlie of Memphis will take off at Moline Airport in an attempt to set an altitude record.

1954 -- 50 years ago
C.F. Herbert, head of the safety engineering department of the Bituminous Casualty Corporation, Rock Island, is one of two official representatives of Illinois at the 44th annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa., of the Mine Inspectors' Institute of America.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A potentially explosive chemical was removed from a downtown Rock Island drug store. About three-fourths of a pound of picric acid has been discovered in McPike Drug Co. Store, 1804 3rd Ave., after owner Dick Haynes learned of a warning that, when old, the crystalized form of the chemical could detonate. Haynes said he was told police would ''take it to some remote area and probably explode it.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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