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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