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.

Back: Available days in August 2004




Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




(More History)