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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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