Day in history for August 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
If the development of strong-minded girls and boys continues, the Fifth Commandment will have to be revised to read, ''Parents, obey your children.''

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Megatherian Minstrel troupe held a street parade in Rock Island today, headed by Major Burke, the Zouave drum corps, and a brass band. The company, 50 strong, will entertain at the Harper Opera House tonight.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Ellery's Band is playing nightly to appreciative audiences at Watch Tower Park.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Horace J. Olmstead, 62, chief of the auditing department of Modern Woodmen of America, died.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Herbert Hoover came back to his old hometown today for his 80th birthday. The village blacksmith's son who became president of the United States was greeted by a huge crowd which had gathered to pay tribute to the gray-haired elder statesman. West Branch, a village of 719 inhabitants, was jammed by an estimated crowd of 50,000 who came to welcome the nation's 31st chief executive.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A 1976 Cadillac Eldorado with 10-carat gold hubcaps that belonged to rock 'n' roll king Elvis Aron Presley is on display today and Friday at Sexton Ford in Moline. The silver-blue Caddy is expected to draw 4,000 Quad-City Presley fans that the car dealership hopes to turn into customers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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