Day in history for July 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A 4-story business building has been started by Charles Buford and a 3-story one by Bailey And Boyle. Ainsworth And Lynde are building a brick warehouse for forwarding railroad and steamboat freight on commission.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Among those returning from Island Wild, popular summer resort for Rock Island people, is C.W. Negus. He visited Chicago on his way home.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McHugh and daughter Elizabeth have anchored their houseboat Rambler at Petersen's Island below this city and will remain three weeks. They invite their friends to visit them on the boat.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A homeless transient who said he is 103 years old has been given shelter at the Rock Island Rescue Mission.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The citizens of the Geneseo Community Unit School District approved bond issues totaling $298,000 at an election Wednesday. A total of 2,277 votes were cast, the second largest vote cast in a school election since the organization of the unit district.

1979 -- 25 years ago
When the dust clears this fall, an expanded Esterdahl Mortuary, 1216 5th Ave., Moline, will be able to offer two simultaneous funerals and total building accessibility for the handicapped. Steps throughout the century-old funeral home will be replaced by ramps and the front door entrance will be moved to ground level on the building's north side.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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