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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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