Day in history for July 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island celebrated National Independence Day with a parade, orations and a dance in the new Island City Hotel. The program was marred by a political prayer. Buffalo Prairie had a parade and a picnic in a grove; 13 regular and numerous volunteer toasts were drunk in pure cold water.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Fourth of July celebrations were held on Credit Island, at Muscatine, Cordova and Cambridge.

1904 -- 100 years ago
It was a noisy Fourth. Some street cars had to suspend operations because boys had lined the track with torpedoes. Public picnics were held in Huber's Gardens and Woodward's Grove, and at Joslin, Reynolds and Andalusia.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A dozen fireworks accidents had occurred by noon on the Fourth. As usual, some fingers were lost.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Carolyn Elverd, 10, had a little talk Sunday with Ricky Paget, 2, about the importance of wearing a life jacket while playing near the river. Carolyn pulled the boy out of the Mississippi River when he toddled off a pier near his home located above the LeClaire, Iowa, locks.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Thomas Emery Dennis, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Sodeman, 1002 4th Ave., Silvis, was named the Flower Talk Champion for the Order of DeMolay in Iowa at its Conclave June 22-24 at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon. Thomas is the senior councelor for Bettendorf DeMolay.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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