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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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