Day in history for August 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mr. W.A. Nourse of Moline is at the Island City Hotel today with one of his sewing machines. He will be at W.E. Potter's Shoe Store in Davenport tomorrow and invites the ladies to be present and witness the operation of the machine.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Deputy County Clerk Reid has concluded his report of the number of births in the county for the last thirteen months. The total number is 948.

1904 -- 100 years ago
After a lady offered to give $1,000 if the association's debt is wiped out by the end of 1904, the Rock Island YMCA arranged a campaign.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Mayor Chester Thompson proposed a new plan for opening and paving 11th Street. His plan would retain street car service on 11th Street.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A recent announcement by the Rock Island Lines that it was the first American line to order one of the new lightweight Talgo passenger trains highlights recent progressive moves on the 8,000-mile railroad.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Coast Guard pollution investigators say Rock Island Arsenal is the ''suspected violator'' behind two oil spills in the Mississippi River within 30 days. Arsenal officials say the spills ''were accidental-type things'' involving small quantities that left ''no visible environmental damage.'' Both of the spills were in Sylvan Slough, where a storm sewer empties near the Arsenal's power dam.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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