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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