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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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