Day in history for August 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
There is no Whig party in Ohio now. The old Whigs are calling themselves ''Republicans.'' The new Republican Party will have a brief existence, it is predicted.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Three of the cattle which were stolen last February from S.E. Goodlow were sold in Rock Island today, it was discovered after the sale. The Rural Vigilance Committee fired at the thieves at the time of the theft but they got away.

1904 -- 100 years ago
F.J. Coggins, well-known Rock Island Railroad engineer, moved today with his family to Blue Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Post of the American Legion said today it will await developments before taking action against Communists agitating in the city.

1954 -- 50 years ago
It's his lucky day. Glen Hostens Jr., East Moline, finds that being 13 years old on Friday the 13th is not as unlucky as most think. The youth, who has 13 letters in his name, today participated in the newsboys' paper throwing contest and the freckles contest at the Illinois State Fair.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Local people wait to see the announcement that the Watkins men are going for peaches. For more than a decade, father Ben and sons Arlyn and Phil, RR 2, Erie, have made an annual trek to southern Illinois to bring back bushels and bushels of peaches. They are using a flatbed truck this time and plan to haul about 125 bushels.

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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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