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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