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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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