Day in history for August 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island House is undergoing several very necessary repairs. Maj. Barrett has been waiting sometime for the Island City Hotel to be opened, so he can be relieved of the press of customers and make several improvements to his house.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The police are making it uncomfortable for ''street walkers,'' these nights.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Lightning destroyed the hay shed and stables of Ed Daxon, southwest of Milan.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Marcus Beal and Andrew Bladel are Rock Island Civil War veterans who will travel to Portland, Maine, for a national GAR encampment.

1954 -- 50 years ago
As Felix J. Rogenski, postal clerk at the Moline post office for the past 15 years, sorts the United States mail into the familiar post office pigeon holes, he, and his co-workers too, often wish for a mechanical distributing machine. So the Moline postal clerk was prompted to develop his own idea and draw up a plan and diagram for an extremely simple punching device.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Color, lots of it, will swath Sunday afternoon's christening of downtown Moline's Metro Center Plaza. Brightly-costumed pompon girls, baton twirlers, military veterans and local high school bands will lead an 80-unit parade down 5th Ave. from 19th St. to 13th St. and back up 6th Ave. This should be the finest parade in Moline since the centennial.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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