Day in history for August 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Justice Bean had a busy day. He assessed one Rock Island man $33.08 for firing a gun in the street, another the same for gambling on Sunday, and a third the same for disturbing the peace on Sunday. A man found guilty of passing counterfeit money was fined $25.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A brilliant party was given by Miss Carrie Warner on Moline Avenue. Chinese lanterns lighted the lawn. A platform had been built for dancing.

1904 -- 100 years ago
While picnicking at the Watch Tower, George W. Townsend, Sr., of South Heights, Rock Island, was stricken with paralysis for the fourth time yesterday. He died today at 55.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Ardo W. Mitchell won the Rock Island Arsenal golf club championship for the sixth year, defeating his brother, Leon, in the final round.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Davenport detectives turned Douglas E. Weivoda, 27, of 3217 Boies Ave., over to the Scott County sheriff's office for extradition to St. Cloud, Minn., after Weivoda was apprehended when he crashed through the ceiling of the home in which he was hiding.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Although Anita Clanton won't have her drivers' license for another four months, she still manages to drive about 18.5 seconds each week. Clanton may be the youngest female drag racer in the area, and for about a year, she's been driving her 1979 Pontiac Sunbird on quarter-mile runs at local tracks.

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