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: 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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