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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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