Day in history for August 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Republican office tenders its thanks to Mr. D.D. Smith of the Graham House for a liberal supply of choice cigars.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The socialistic, communal life of the Bishop Hill Colony in Henry County will be no more after an auction Sept. 5 divides the rest of the lots and lands of the colony.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Margaret Woltman and daughter Pauline left today for St. Louis, where Miss Pauline will make her second concert appearance at the World's Fair.

1929 -- 75 years ago
''On with the Show,'' starring Betty Compton, will be the first all-talking film photographed in natural colors to be shown in Rock Island, at the Fort Theater.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A deluxe packaging method to prevent damage to long playing records during shipment has been developed by a former Rock Island resident and once WHBF radio engineer. He is W. Robert Brittenham, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Brittenham, 1615 24th St., Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Despite engineer reports that it is dangerously undermined and in need of ''emergency'' attention, Rock Island councilmen have put off repairs of a bridge for two weeks to have a first-hand look at the problem. The concrete bridge serves four families in the area between Watch Hill and Black Hawk State Park.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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