Day in history for August 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Stock is being sold in a company, which will manufacture gas to light Rock Island streets. Directors of the firm are N.B. Buford, L.M. Webber, M.B. Osborn, William Bailey and William Herrick, all local men.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Silver Wave, Capt. Van Sant, came upriver last night with 600 Muscatine excursionists. The Social Cornet Band left the boat to march to The Argus and serenade us.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Elijah K. Allen, 72, died in his Milan home. He served 4 1/2 years in the Union Army during the Civil War.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The remodeled Riviera Theater, formerly the Majestic, reopened today.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Business office employees of The Argus and a customer escaped injury when the large plate glass bulletin window on the 4th Avenue side of the building was blown in by a terrific gust of wind during the sudden unexpected storm, which struck the Quad-Cities area about 3:30 p.m. Monday. Employees of The Argus said they heard a ''terrific crash'' and that glass flew and papers were scattered around the office as the wind came in the opening.

1979 -- 25 years ago
An elderly Moline woman told police she watched a youth pluck a girdle off her clothesline and run off down an alley with it Wednesday. Catherine Colligan, 1203 24th Ave., said the girdle was worth $22.50. She said she did not know the youth.

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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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