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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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