Day in history for August 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Congress is about to pass a law requiring payment on postage of letters by the sender, instead of by the recipient.

1879 -- 125 years ago
E.D. Sweeney was elected president of the board of the Rock Island Public Library. H.C. Connelly chosen as secretary.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island professional baseball team has advanced to fifth place in the Three-I League standings after winning three in a row from Dubuque.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Burglars cracked open the safe in the office of J.J. Hagen, superintendent of Rock Island Public Schools, but they found no money there and nothing else of value to them.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A $150,000 building program to expand operations at the Ralston Purina Co., 433 Pine St., Davenport, has been completed. The new plants are now in operation, it was announced today by John M. Burrows, manager. The Davenport plant serves 40 branch plants throughout the country. The new buildings will increase production facilities to serve additional outlets.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Students at Rock Island's Edison and Washington Junior Highs may be able to sleep about 20 minutes later this school year than they did last year. The board of education will be asked to approve a new schedule, under which classes would not start until 8:50 a.m. Under the new schedule classes would end at 2:50 p.m.

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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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