Day in history for July 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The first college commencement in Iowa has taken place in Davenport. The class graduated from Iowa College was small in numbers but earnest of future prosperity.

1879 -- 125 years ago
During a big storm today the chimney of Broadway Presbyterian Church was blown down and the skylight in the armory drill hall was lost.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The male chorus of the University of Lund, Sweden, was entertained at a reception at Augustana College and a banquet in Manufacturers Hotel, Moline, where the chorus sang.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Two-thirds of Milan was flooded between 3 a.m. and noon today when Mill Creek again burst over its banks. Mr. and Mrs. George Griffin were rescued by neighbors after water poured into their house.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A plan for construction of a bridge over the Rock Island Lines railroad tracks in northwest Davenport was announced today. The bridge would cross the railroad tracks at a point where Lombard St. would intersect Crescent Ave. if Lombard St. was extended.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A hundred students enrolled in the 15th annual Spanish Summer School in Spain, sponsored by Augustana College, left Thursday for five weeks of study and will return Aug. 8. Dr. A. Arjibay Doreste, professor emeritus of Augustana, who founded the Spanish Summer School, is directing the program again this year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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