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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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