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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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