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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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