Day in history for August 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A mass meeting was held at Cambridge to whip up excitement for a branch of the proposed Western Air-Line Railroad from Lacon through Cambridge to Rock Island. Citizens promised to buy at least $50,000 in stock.

1879 -- 125 years ago
At a debate before the Euelpsis Club, the subject argued was: ''Resolved, that his country was more advanced intellectually and morally 100 years ago than now.'' Debaters were L.W. Beal, F.E. Compton, Fred Osborne and M. McIniry.

1904 -- 100 years ago
``An Aristocratic Tramp'' and ''Two Little Waifs'' are the next plays to be presented by traveling stock companies at the Illinois Theater.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Graf Zeppelin, a German airship on a flight around the world, will pass over the Quad-Cities as it crosses the continent from west to east.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Marvin Mueller, a 25-year-old Reynolds farmer, was named ''Good Neighbor of 1954'' during ceremonies on the rain-drenched Rock Island County Fairgrounds north of Hampton. Mr. Mueller is known to always be at hand to lend help.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A spectacular thunderstorm overnight dropped 2 to 4.7 inches of rain on the already saturated Quad-Cities area, flooding numerous homes and businesses, spawning mud slides, and washing out bridges. And more rain, some locally heavy, is forecast for tonight, the fourth straight night, and Tuesday.

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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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