Day in history for August 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Old soldiers of this area held a picnic in Bowling's grove. Mr. Bowling revealed he first became acquainted with Mrs. Bowling when she stood on a corner in Washington to pass out food and milk to soldiers retreating while the British set fire to the White House in the War of 1812.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Coe and Canoe Creek Agricultural Societies will hold their annual fair in the upper part of Rock Island County Sept. 16 through 18.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. William Bailey, state secretary of Nebraska YWCA, is visiting Rock Island, where she formerly directed the YW.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Hollis H. Robb, 79, long active in the Republican Party and a constable, died.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island city officials cautioned residents to purchase and maintain garbage cans conforming to city ordinance, listing unsanitary conditions as one possible reason for the upturn in polio cases. Unsanitary garbage conditions create favorable breeding places for flies, and flies are often suspect in polio cases.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Sixty-seven-year-old Robert Stout of Geneseo always has loved baseball. And although he has retired from full-time employment, he hasn't retired from playing ball. Most summer evenings he can be found at the ball diamond at Richmond Hill Park. He plays in the Geneseo Church League on a team from First Lutheran Church.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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