Day in history for July 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The grocery store of David Bowen was entered by burglars last night. The safe was removed to the street and blown open by gunpowder. The burglars took $200, some which had been deposited in the safe by Sheriff Swander for safekeeping.

1879 -- 125 years ago
James M. Buford was elected president of the Rock Island School Board.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Misses Lucille and Alice Granger left today to takin in the world's fair in St. Louis.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mayor C.O. Swanson, Milan, received a wire from President Hoover, who said he has directed the secretary of war and the American Red Cross to give relief to thrice-flooded Milan.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Bobby Eckermann, 13, of 1327 25th St., Rock Island, caught a greased pig at the Kewanee centennial celebration and his reward was the porker, grease and all. Since he had no room in his parlor, Bobby took the piggie to market. So instead of bringing home the bacon, he brought home $24.50.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Last week township officials received a bill from Illini Hospital for $4,652.97, the cost of a hospital stay for a transient who had a heart attack May 22 at Illiniwek Park. The man was hospitalized for 13 days at township expense. There is a bill in the house that would eliminate township's responsibilities for medical expenses incurred by transients passing through.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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