Day in history for August 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island merchants are making a mistake by not sweeping their sidewalks. Locust trees, overhanging many of the downtown walks, contribute to the litter, which makes a poor impression on visitors. The use of brooms is imperative.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A new floor is being laid in J.R. Johnston's store in the Negus building.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Allyn Fleming, formerly of The Argus staff and now editor of the Galveston, Texas, Evening Tribune, is visiting Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Col. Art Goebel, winner of the Dole air race from California to Hawaii, visited Rock Island in his victory plane, the Woolarac.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Hammond-Henry District Hospital at Geneseo has been chosen as one of three hospitals in Illinois to serve on a committee to establish standards, qualification, and functions of the Head Nurse groups in various hospitals.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The steer was a little too big for its owner, but 11-year-old Kathy Hoge of Cambridge still took top honors Saturday in the livestock show at the Illinois State Fair. Her 1,165-pound Chianina-Angus, shown by Dan Kiesewetter of Farmington, was selected grand champion. Kathy, who weighs 80 pounds, said the steer was born on her grandfather's farm, and she worked hard to raise him for the state fair show.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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