Day in history for July 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
More than 200 houses and many store buildings are in process of construction. Mechanics and building materials never were in greater demand.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Interest in boat racing is pronounced and a regatta is planned by Rock Island enthusiasts. Leaders of crews include Heath, Andrews, Cable, Rodman and Willerton.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Renewal of the strike by stockyards workers in Chicago has again sent prices of meat upward 2 or 3 cents in Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Three thousand heard a free concert in Long View Park last night by Arthur White's Community Band.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County driver's license examining station will be moved from its present location in Milan to Rock Island. Beginning Monday morning the new station will be at 3901 14th Ave. The increase in driver examinations and the need for additional space are the principal reasons for the transfer of the station.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Wind-whipped rains snarled power and telephone lines, downed trees, scrambled traffic signals, tore the roof from at least two buildings and trampled corn fields as it barrelled through the Quad-Cities overnight. Peak winds of 61 miles per hour were clocked at the Quad-City Airport at 6:31 a.m. today. A total of 1.28 inches of rain peppered the streets of Rock Island.

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