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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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