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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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