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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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