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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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